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Illinois politicians vote to divert $300 million from state coffers to fuel local spending

Amy Korte, Illinois Policy Institute Mar. 19, 2017, 12:54pm

Despite Illinois’ billions in deficit spending and skyrocketing debt, the Illinois House of Representatives passed House Bill 278, which would transfer an additional $300 million per year of state income tax funds to local governments, continuing to prop up local overspending that fuels high property taxes.

Sugary drink tax would be bitter pill to swallow

Austin Berg, Illinois Policy Institute Mar. 13, 2017, 2:55pm

Illinois holds more than $66 million worth of stocks and bonds in PepsiCo, Coca Cola and Dr. Pepper Snapple alone.

Springfield week in review: Crisis builds with no budget

State Sen. Kyle McCarter Mar. 7, 2017, 5:48pm

Disappointing. Frustrating. Intolerable. These are just a few words that come to mind when characterizing the Senate’s week (Feb. 27-March 3) of little action, especially when it comes to our number one job: the state budget. However, I still have hope that common sense and courage will win in the end, and we will get a budget that will allow Illinois to move forward economically.

Majority of Illinois voters support a 'no tax hike budget'

John Tillman, Illinois Policy Institute Mar. 7, 2017, 4:18pm

More than half of Illinois voters want lawmakers to balance the budget by only cutting state spending.

Useless committees provide political pay raises for state lawmakers

Austin Berg, Illinois Policy Institute Feb. 28, 2017, 9:40am

In Illinois, bloat doesn’t discriminate.It’s not just government agencies that stick taxpayers with the bill for inefficient operations. It’s state lawmakers, too. Yes, the same ones who haven’t passed a balanced budget in over a decade.

Dispelling AFSCME’s myths about contract negotiations with the state of Illinois

Mailee Smith, Illinois Policy Institute Feb. 28, 2017, 9:39am

The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees recently conducted a strike authorization vote. Only 80 percent of eligible workers voted, and of that group 81 percent voted to authorize a strike if the union’s bargaining committee issues the call.

Rauner's budget proposal needs more spending reforms

Ted Dabrowski and John Klingner, Illinois Policy Institute Feb. 20, 2017, 12:50pm

The governor should reject tax hikes and push for the structural spending reforms Illinois needs to fix its fiscal crisis and improve its economy.

'Show Me' state is showing Illinois the path to economic growth

Travis Akin, Illinois Lawsuit Abuse Watch Feb. 16, 2017, 9:48am

The recent “Judicial Hellholes” report from the American Tort Reform Foundation ranked the City of St. Louis the worst “Judicial Hellhole” in the country.

Four reasons Illinoisans can't weather another tax increase

Michael Lucci, Illinois Policy Institute Feb. 14, 2017, 7:39am

Lawmakers need to look at the state’s major spending drivers instead of increasing taxes, which will continue to drive more people out of the state.

E Pluribus Unum

John J. Hopkins Feb. 9, 2017, 4:54pm

“From many, One.” I wonder, with the lack of civics training in public schools, how many citizens actually can state and more importantly, translate the phrase. I would think the numbers are small, indeed, very small.

A solution to the property tax problem

Austin Berg, Illinois Policy Institute Feb. 7, 2017, 10:32am

Illinois has by far the most units of government in the nation, at nearly 7,000.

Illinois loses 16,700 jobs in face of new tax proposals

Michael Lucci, Illinois Policy Institute Jan. 31, 2017, 9:29am

Illinois lost 16,700 payroll jobs in December 2016, according to a Jan. 20 report from the Illinois Department of Employment Security, or IDES.

Illinois held hostage to a 'Grand Bargain'

State Rep. Jeanne Ives (R-Wheaton) Jan. 29, 2017, 2:39pm

No one should be surprised that group think instead of rational choices surround the 13 interconnected bills of the “Grand Bargain.” It is wholly predictable given the longevity of the Senate leaders involved.

The Illinois state senators who pledged not to raise income taxes

Brendan Bakala, Illinois Policy Institute Jan. 25, 2017, 10:29am

Pressure is mounting on lawmakers in Springfield to go along with a “compromise” budget plan that would raise income taxes on every Illinoisan. Illinois Senate President John Cullerton, D-Chicago, and Minority Leader Christine Radogno, R-Lemont, have thrown their support behind a proposed budget plan that would raise state income taxes to 4.95 percent from the current level of 3.75 percent.

For one day, be an American

John J. Hopkins Jan. 18, 2017, 10:17am

It would be so pleasant to see instead the veils of partisan rancor drop, if just for one day. It would be so encouraging to see that for just one day, the delusional blame game with the Russians be temporarily set aside. It would be so beneficial to our Nation, that for just one day, these crybabies would no longer be Democrats, no longer be Liberals, but Americans instead.

AFSCME uses fake 'compromise' to set stage for state worker strike

Mailee Smith, Illinois Policy Institute Jan. 17, 2017, 8:03am

AFSCME – the state’s largest government-worker union – spent two years pushing for contract provisions that would cost state taxpayers billions. Now that the union has lost before the state labor board, it has issued a “framework” for compromise. But that “framework” is merely a publicity stunt to make the union appear reasonable while union leaders threaten a strike to obtain contract provisions that burden state taxpayers.

Lawmaker proposes statewide 'Zombie Preparedness Month'

Joe Kaiser, Illinois Policy Institute Jan. 17, 2017, 7:11am

In one of the first proposals of the new General Assembly, state Rep. Chris Welch, D-Westchester, proposed making October 2017 “zombie preparedness month.”

Why a budget won't fix Illinois

Austin Berg, Illinois Policy Institute Jan. 10, 2017, 7:46am

Pension costs alone now consume a quarter of the Illinois state budget.

Illinois lost 150,000 university students from 2000 to 2014

Madelyn Harwood, Illinois Policy Institute Jan. 10, 2017, 7:45am

Misplaced priorities in education funding have driven students out of the state and skyrocketed tuition costs.

2016 corruption watch: Chicago, East St. Louis take top corruption spots

Mindy Ruckman, Illinois Policy Institute Jan. 2, 2017, 1:05pm

This year was full of corruption and mismanagement from public officials, but four instances in particular stand out.