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Government consolidation gains momentum, but there's more to be done

Mindy Ruckman, Illinois Policy Institute Aug. 18, 2017, 11:29am

Illinois is taking small steps toward consolidating some of its duplicitous local governments, but bold reforms are needed to start addressing the state’s nearly 7,000 taxing bodies, the most in the nation.

Beiser's choice: $4.1 million for local schools or bailout for Chicago?

Ted Dabrowski, Illinois Policy Institute Aug. 16, 2017, 8:17am

Defenders of Senate Bill 1 are putting a bailout of Chicago Public Schools ahead of their own local school districts.

Moving to Cook County was a bad choice

Eric Allie, Illinois Policy Institute Aug. 15, 2017, 5:34pm

The Illinois Policy Institute highlights the effects Cook County's soda tax could have on residents and businesses.

Stuart's choice: $4.5 million more for local schools or a Chicago bailout?

Ted Dabrowski, Illinois Policy Institute Aug. 15, 2017, 5:11pm

Defenders of Senate Bill 1 are putting a bailout of Chicago Public Schools ahead of their own local school districts.

Illinois Senate passes Chicago bailout, overrides Rauner's amendatory veto

Austin Berg, Illinois Policy Institute Aug. 14, 2017, 12:46pm

All Senate Democrats and one Republican voted to override Gov. Bruce Rauner and pass Senate Bill 1 in its original form, including a bailout for Chicago Public Schools.

The ant and the grasshopper

Eric Allie, Illinois Policy Institute Aug. 8, 2017, 4:24pm

CPS: It's not a bailout!

Employers are latest target of lawsuits under Illinois privacy law

Amy Korte, Illinois Policy Institute Aug. 8, 2017, 7:16am

Lawsuits by employees over the use of fingerprint time clocks could cost companies millions in damages.

Preckwinkle suing soda tax opponents, judge fears 'chilling effect'

John Kristof, Illinois Policy Institute Aug. 8, 2017, 7:10am

Cook County’s lawsuit seeks damages from the Illinois Retail Merchants Association.

Chicago public schools to pay $850 million in interest on $500 million loan

Robert Brutvan, Illinois Policy Institute Aug. 2, 2017, 8:26am

The loan will not be paid off until current kindergarteners are in their mid-30s.

Rauner issues amendatory veto of school finance bill

Ted Dabrowski, John Klingner, Illinois Policy Institute Aug. 1, 2017, 2:02pm

Gov. Bruce Rauner’s amendatory veto strips a Chicago bailout from Senate Bill 1, among other changes.

Chicago bailout puts downstate and suburban students at risk of missing school

Ted Dabrowski and John Klingner, Illinois Policy Institute Jul. 27, 2017, 5:21pm

In trying to force a Chicago bailout, proponents of Senate Bill 1 are throwing hundreds of thousands of downstate and suburban students into limbo.

Illinois' 32% tax increase shows need or taxpayer bill of rights

Mindy Ruckman, Illinois Policy Institute Jul. 25, 2017, 7:39am

Illinois taxpayers deserve to have a voice in budgeting decisions as politicians continually look to hike their taxes.

Property taxes grow faster than Illinoisans' ability to pay for them

John Klingner and Evelyn Hussey Jul. 18, 2017, 12:47pm

Illinois homeowners’ property taxes are among the highest in the nation. They are consuming more and more of Illinoisans’ incomes.

Illinois' $21 billion in school debt pushes up property taxes

Ted Dabrowski and John Klingner, Illinois Policy Institute Jul. 11, 2017, 8:55am

School districts’ have borrowed over $21 billion, increasing the burden on Illinois taxpayers.

Illinoisans are still waiting for independence

Austin Berg, Illinois Policy Institute Jul. 7, 2017, 12:11pm

More than 240 years ago, a group of individuals stood up against a far-off king who taxed them without recourse. Americans honor their efforts each year on Independence Day.

Statements on veto override

Letters to Editor Jul. 7, 2017, 7:51am

Rauner: Speaker Madigan’s 32 percent permanent income tax increase will force another tax hike in the near future.

44-0

Ted Dabrowski, Illinois Policy Institute Jun. 28, 2017, 11:21am

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner won the 2014 gubernatorial election on a 44-point Turnaround Agenda meant to “shake up Springfield.”

'Show Me State' shows Illinois the way on lawsuit reform

Travis Akin, Illinois Lawsuit Abuse Watch Jun. 27, 2017, 8:55am

It is tale of two states – the “Show Me State” and the “Sue Me State.”

Illinois House passes resolution encouraging tourism in the Bahamas

Marianna Schmiesing, Illinois Policy Institute Jun. 26, 2017, 8:25am

State representatives passed House Resolution 290, encouraging tourism between Illinois and the Bahamas.

Property tax bill: May cause heart attack or stroke

Eric Allie, Illinois Policy Institute Jun. 20, 2017, 9:26pm

The Illinois Policy Institute brings focus to the rising Illinois property taxes.