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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.