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CPS files charges against CTU for 'illegal' strike

Jeffrey Schwab Apr. 5, 2016, 10:50am

The union’s one-day strike is an illegal, aggressive political power play, and its attempt to coerce its members to participate violates its own constitution. Here’s a breakdown of the timeline, the law and the political statement the union is making

Illinois property taxes are crushing homeowners

Austin Berg, Illinois Policy Institute Apr. 1, 2016, 1:29pm

Since 1990, the average property-tax bill in Illinois has grown more than three times faster than the state's median household income.

Madigan's middle class: Pain for the many, perks for the few

Ted Dabrowski and John Klingner, Illinois Policy Institute Mar. 28, 2016, 7:20am

Middle-class Illinoisans who aren’t employed by the government are suffering, but Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan stands in the way of solutions.

Rauner’s proposed bill would give the governor the ability to balance the state’s budget

Jacob Huebert Mar. 22, 2016, 8:54am

In his recent budget proposal, Gov. Bruce Rauner asked the Illinois General Assembly to pass the Unbalanced Budget Response Act, a bill that would temporarily allow the governor to reduce certain state spending and transfer certain state funds to balance the budget.

March Madness comes early to Illinois

Travis Akin, Illinois Lawsuit Abuse Awareness Executive Director Mar. 16, 2016, 8:18am

Sports fans everywhere love March Madness, which is appropriately named.

Illinois now home to the highest sales tax in the Midwest

Austin Berg, Illinois Policy Institute Mar. 15, 2016, 9:56am

Whether buying diapers, drills or dungarees, the average Illinoisan pays higher sales taxes than any other Midwesterner, according to a March 9 report released by the nonpartisan Tax Foundation.

Just who's running the shop at the Chicago Public School system?

Eric Allie, Illinois Policy Institute Mar. 8, 2016, 12:58pm

The kids may have cleaned out the candy shop

11 things you need to know about Chicago teacher pensions

Ted Dabrowski and John Klingner, Illinois Policy Institute Mar. 8, 2016, 12:45pm

Pension holidays, steep increases in teachers' salaries, and lopsided ratios of teacher contributions to pension payouts have caused the Chicago Teachers’ Pension Fund’s unfunded liabilities to shoot up to $9 billion in 2015.

Air Force JAGs bring a wealth of experience to diverse practice of law

Capt. Aaron Petty, 375th Air Mobility Wing Judge Advocate Office Feb. 29, 2016, 3:20pm

One of the questions I am often asked as a military lawyer is, “What do you do exactly?” In short, it’s very similar to civilian law practice, but there are also substantial differences, some of which are not well known outside of the military community.

Government-worker pensions take away funding meant for students

Ted Dabrowski, Illinois Policy Institute Feb. 29, 2016, 12:55pm

Illinois’ growing pension costs – not the state budget gridlock – are taking away funding for essential government services, such as education.

State worker pensions, health care crowd out spending on education, public safety, human services

Hilary Gowins, Illinois Policy Institute Feb. 23, 2016, 10:18am

Illinois state government now pays more for pensions and health care for state workers than it spends on K-12 education, public safety or human services, according to Gov. Bruce Rauner’s fiscal year 2017 budget book.

THEIR VIEW: Litigation tourism is bad for Illinois

The Madison County Record Jun. 2, 2015, 12:02pm

Illinois has a nationwide reputation as a prime destination for “litigation tourists.” Each year, people without a meaningful connection to Illinois flock to the state to file lawsuits in the hope of a big payout.

THEIR VIEW: Lawsuit reforms proposed by Governor Rauner will create jobs in Illinois

The Madison County Record Jun. 2, 2015, 12:01pm

Governor Bruce Rauner’s call for reasonable lawsuit reforms represents a vital step in an economic comeback in Illinois. The time for lawsuit reform is long overdue.