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Illinois entrepreneurs deserve the right to earn a living

Michael Lucci, Illinois Policy Institute Oct. 4, 2016, 9:43am

Illinois lawmakers should support a statewide law that limits government business regulations to only those necessary and carefully tailored to serve a legitimate public health, safety or welfare purpose.

Injured Illinois workers take 50 percent more time off than peers in surrounding states

Michael Lucci, Illinois Policy Institute Sep. 26, 2016, 2:41pm

Illinois law gives financial incentives to many injured workers to stay off the job and to doctors to prescribe more medications to workers’ compensation patients.

Food trucks fight for the right to exist

Austin Berg, Illinois Policy Institute Sep. 20, 2016, 4:04pm

City officials in Chicago and across the state are crushing a pillar of the culinary community. But food trucks are fighting back.

Has Madigan given up on economic opportunity and responsible government?

Michael Lucci, Illinois Policy Instiitute Sep. 13, 2016, 9:25am

Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan’s current tax-and-spend policies and protection of special interests stand in contrast to the speaker’s past statements declaring the need for economic growth and opportunity.

Illinois bill backlog expected to reach $14 billion

Brendan Bakala, Illinois Policy Institute Sep. 6, 2016, 2:09pm

Illinois’ unpaid bills could reach new highs by summer 2017.

What difference does it make?

John J. Hopkins Sep. 1, 2016, 1:15pm

As Shakespeare once wrote, "The evil men lives on after them, but the good is oft interred with their bones." Such will it be so with Madame Clinton.

Madigan's map

Austin Berg, Illinois Policy Institute Aug. 29, 2016, 11:26am

In a 4-3 ruling, the Illinois Supreme Court erased from November ballots a referendum on legislative mapmaking, and handed a major victory to Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan Aug. 25.

Why Madigan wants the map

Austin Berg, Illinois Policy Institute Aug. 23, 2016, 8:46am

Illinois politicians love to be involved in choosing their voters, especially Madigan.

Illinois workforce shrinks by 33,600 in July

Brendan Bakala, Illinois Policy Institute Aug. 23, 2016, 8:39am

Illinois’ preliminary jobs report shows the unemployment rate dropped to 5.8 percent in July due to large numbers of residents dropping out of the labor force for the third consecutive month.

Educating workers about their right to opt out of union membership

Mailee Smith, Illinois Policy Institute Aug. 16, 2016, 9:02am

National Employee Freedom Week spotlights the ability of all Illinois workers – including state employees – to opt out of unions, and outlines the reforms needed to ensure true worker freedom.

Illinois has worst personal income recovery in Midwest, second worst in U.S.

Michael Lucci, Illinois Policy Institute Aug. 9, 2016, 8:15am

A new study by The Pew Charitable Trusts shows Illinois trails all states but Nevada in personal income growth since the Great Recession, with a growth rate half that of Illinois’ neighbors.

Number of Chicago city workers making $100K-plus has doubled since 2013

Austin Berg, Illinois Policy Institute Aug. 9, 2016, 8:10am

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is heralding a massive water-sewer-tax hike as a grand bargain between taxpayers and city employees, but new payroll data show it’s not exactly a shared sacrifice.

Illinois tax code punishes entrepreneurs

Michael Lucci, Illinois Policy Institute Aug. 2, 2016, 8:06am

Entrepreneurship is the embodiment of the American Dream, and through their creativity and hard work, entrepreneurs bring new ideas, products and ways of doing things to the marketplace, often building businesses generating significant numbers of jobs.

The Obama standard: Has it been met?

Tad Armstrong Jul. 27, 2016, 6:50am

So, before shedding a tear of praise and applauding the cheerful and blind optimism of the Obamas and the Obama third-term-wannabe, I want the grandparents, parents and teens in Detroit, Chicago, Spartanburg (S.C.), Houston, Greenville (S.C.), Atlanta, Saginaw (Mich.), Memphis and St. Louis (nine cities labeled as “war zones” by most) to grade Michelle’s self-proclaimed reason to exist. Have they “left something better” for your kids and grandkids?

Judges – and voters -- have power to stop lawsuit abuse

Travis Akin, Illinois Lawsuit Abuse Watch Jul. 21, 2016, 12:22pm

The yearlong budget battle in Springfield ended last month with a truce, as legislative leaders and Governor Rauner agreed to a six-month stopgap budget.

The Rule of Law is on life support; chaos and tyranny await at bedside

Tad Armstrong Jul. 19, 2016, 3:22pm

Fast and Furious…IRS targeting of conservatives…IRS destruction of evidence in the midst of an investigation…Veterans’ Administration fabrication of evidence…Benghazi…Eric Holder perjury…GSA Las Vegas extravaganzas…Solyndra…New Black Panthers…release of convicted violent illegal aliens…then there is Hillary (private servers, destruction of evidence, lying to Congress and the FBI, extremely careless actions putting our nation and people at risk).

Illinoisans suffer, politicians get paid

Austin Berg, Illinois Policy Institute Jul. 19, 2016, 9:44am

Members of the Illinois General Assembly should end pensions for politicians once and for all. And a pay cut would send an equally powerful message. Their job performance demands as much.

Illinois’ AFSCME contract needs a reality check

Austin Berg, Illinois Policy Institute Jul. 12, 2016, 10:00am

State lawmakers justify keeping in lockstep with AFSCME by saying they’re fighting for the middle class. But middle-class Illinoisans who don’t work for the government are struggling to stay afloat amid flatlining incomes and a stagnant economy. 

From injustice to justice: Lessons learned from the Madison County tobacco litigation

Kurtis B. Reeg, partner at Goldberg Segalla Jun. 28, 2016, 1:53pm

These plaintiffs alleged they were harmed; they sought their day in court; they had it; in 2006 they lost. The defendant, the employer of thousands of citizens, spent millions in fees and expenses on the case, and received no reimbursement upon prevailing, rather than having that money available for salaries and benefits for its employees, other benefits for its customers or the public, charitable causes and other good deeds.

Governor: Democrats needs to pass stopgap funding and school bill

Gov. Bruce Rauner Jun. 28, 2016, 10:29am

Democrat leaders who control the General Assembly made it clear they will not take any major action on balancing our budget or passing real reforms until after the General Election in November.