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Illinois ends 2016 with $11 billion in unpaid bills

Brendan Bakala, Illinois Policy Institute Jan. 2, 2017, 1:04pm

Though spending on government-worker salaries and pensions has grown at a rapid rate, many service providers and grant recipients are still awaiting payment.

It's a Wonderful County!

John J. Hopkins Dec. 23, 2016, 9:27am

Sitting on the bar stool at the Stagger Inn, he reviewed the past year not with any sense of holiday cheer, but with despair and doom–a clear and unmistakable feeling of foreboding for the future.

ITLA: Different year, same tired ATRA propaganda aimed at undermining Illinoisans’ legal rights

Christopher Hurley Dec. 22, 2016, 7:33am

Long before the recent explosion of “fake news,” the American Tort Reform Association, an organization that uses the appealing word “reform” in its name to hide its true purpose, was busy hawking disinformation to confuse public understanding and promote rage toward our state’s judicial system.

Illinois losing 1 resident every 4.6 minutes, could fall behind Pennsylvania population

Michael Lucci, Illinois Policy Institute Dec. 21, 2016, 7:29am

Illinois has record loss of 114,000 residents to other states in 2016 as population shrinks by 37,500.

New report confirms need for lawsuit reform in Illinois

Travis Akin, Illinois Lawsuit Abuse Watch Dec. 20, 2016, 6:57am

While many Illinois businesses continue to struggle, a new recently released report shows the lawsuit industry is alive and well in Illinois.

Business development: Planning for competition in the new year

Jim Grandone Dec. 16, 2016, 7:27am

What is your business plan for 2017? How do you plan to attract or push new clients to your firm? If you are like many firms, you have no formal plan. You rely on referrals and word-of-mouth recommendations because, after all, you’re good at what you do. Right?

You can't handle the truth!

John J. Hopkins Dec. 16, 2016, 6:52am

Clinton lost because she was conceited, condescending and crooked. Case closed.

Why all Illinoisans need action on workers' comp

Austin Berg, Illinois Policy Institute Dec. 12, 2016, 11:58am

The cost of workers’ compensation for municipalities, counties and state government in Illinois is more than $400 million per year.

Property taxes mount on 'Home Alone' house

Brendan Bakala, Illinois Policy Institute Dec. 6, 2016, 10:07am

2016 was a tough year for the owners of 671 Lincoln Ave. The red-brick, Georgian house in Winnetka, Ill., was made famous by the 1990 Christmas hit, “Home Alone,” but in real life, it’s not crowbar-wielding burglars coming for the family’s money, but the Cook County government.

Voters are fed up with judges and personal injury lawyers who ‘Game the System’

Travis Akin, Illinois Lawsuit Abuse Watch Dec. 6, 2016, 9:56am

The 2016 Election is over and voters have rendered their verdicts and shown they want judges and legislators who will stand up to the personal injury lawyers and stop lawsuit abuse in Illinois.

Three reasons AFSCME has so much power over Illinois taxpayers

Mailee Smith, Illinois Policy Institute Nov. 28, 2016, 9:12am

Over the years, AFSCME – the state’s largest government-worker union – has amassed incredible benefits for state workers through contract negotiations with the state. When AFSCME comes to the bargaining table, it isn’t AFSCME versus the governor – it’s AFSCME versus the state taxpayer. And AFSCME holds extraordinarily more power in the process than the state taxpayers footing the bill.

Wimps, whiners and wussies

John J. Hopkins Nov. 28, 2016, 7:33am

Imagine if you will, that someone - anyone - was involved in a very bad accident on November 6, two days before the election.

Madigan's millions: Why the Speaker should release his tax returns

Austin Berg, Illinois Policy Institute Nov. 18, 2016, 12:37pm

Every dollar Madigan earns back for his corporate clients makes someone else’s property-tax bill go up.

November election results mean Illinois' neighbors likely to embrace worker freedom

Mailee Smith, Illinois Policy Institute Nov. 15, 2016, 8:48am

The outcome of 2016 races in nearby states may result in all states surrounding Illinois becoming Right-to-Work states – leaving Illinois a lone island in a sea of worker freedom. To remain competitive for workers and business, Illinois must consider similar reforms.

Choosing judges in Illinois

John Pastuovic, Illinois Civil Justice League Nov. 14, 2016, 10:35am

On a warm July day in 1970, Constitutional Delegate Wendell Durr, a respected attorney and future judge from Madison County, made some unique observations about whether the 1970 Constitution should continue the concepts adopted by Illinois’ voters in the Judicial Article of 1964.

Members of the Illinois House of Representatives who gave Michael Madigan unlimited power

Austin Berg, Illinois Policy Institute Nov. 8, 2016, 8:35am

Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan isn’t a typical state representative.

Good judges matter

Travis Akin, Illinois Lawsuit Abuse Watch Nov. 1, 2016, 2:36pm

When we turn on the radio, turn on our televisions and even log into our social media accounts, we are bombarded with political advertising.

Trump can...must win

John J. Hopkins Nov. 1, 2016, 1:30pm

It is neither an exaggeration nor an original thought to say the 2016 Presidential election has been one for the books.

Wait! Let's try to make this thing work

Eric Allie, Illinios Policy Institute Oct. 26, 2016, 3:49pm

Wait! Let's try to make this thing work ...

BLS September jobs report: Illinois has only shrinking labor force of all surrounding states

Michael Lucci, Illinois Policy Institute Oct. 26, 2016, 2:27pm

Illinoisans continued dropping out of the workforce in September, according to an Oct. 21 economic release from the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics, or BLS.