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New report confirms need for lawsuit reforms in Illinois

Travis Akin, Illinois Lawsuit Abuse Watch Apr. 25, 2017, 1:07pm

It should not come as any surprise but personal injury lawyers have found a new way to game the system in Illinois.

BLS report shows weak economy in Illinois, recovery in neighboring states

Michael Lucci, Illinois Policy Institute Apr. 25, 2017, 7:36am

Illinois saw a 0.23 percent increase in jobs in the first quarter of 2017, the third-worst growth rate in the region.

Do the Democrats in Springfield really need a bargain?

Diana Rickert, Illinois Policy Institute Apr. 20, 2017, 2:26pm

For almost two years, we’ve heard a litany of excuses for why Illinois does not have a state budget.

While Metro East residents struggle, local lawmakers continue to get paid over 2-week spring break

Hilary Gowins, Illinois Policy Institute Apr. 17, 2017, 8:25am

The Illinois General Assembly adjourned April 11 without passing a balanced budget or tackling essential reforms to save the state from financial ruin.

The shrinking Metro-East

Brendan Bakala, Illinois Policy Institute Apr. 11, 2017, 11:01am

Recently released census data reveal that St. Clair and Madison counties saw combined population losses of more than 1,600 people due to out-migration to other states.

Illinois workers' compensation rules cost taxpayers nearly $1 billion a year

Brendan Bakala, Illinois Policy Institute Apr. 10, 2017, 8:51am

State and local costs for workers’ compensation are out of line with what other states pay.

Moody's warning of an 'inflection' point in Illinois signals need for reform

Ted Dabrowski and John Klingner, Illinois Policy Institute Apr. 4, 2017, 7:05am

Illinois lawmakers should heed Moody’s Investors Service’s warnings about the state’s precarious economic health and dire fiscal situation and enact major structural spending reforms to balance the budget.

Time to give taxpayers a victory after opening day

State Rep. Charlie Meier Mar. 31, 2017, 12:15pm

Cardinals Opening Day against the Chicago Cubs is on the horizon, which is something most baseball fans can all look forward to. But there is something else I look forward to happening, and that is for both Democrats and Republicans to work together and approve a balanced state budget. 

Illinois has hurt its economy by piling on taxes since the great recession

Michael Lucci, Illinois Policy Institute Mar. 27, 2017, 12:25pm

State and local tax hikes in Illinois have hurt economic growth, lowered the standard of living, and contributed to out-migration.

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.