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Pritzker’s 19 different tax and fee hikes total $6.9 billion

By Adam Schuster, Illinois Policy Institute | May 29, 2019

Between the push for a graduated income tax, his budget address and newly released capital plan, Gov. J.B. Pritzker has proposed an onslaught of backdoor tax hikes on all Illinoisans.

Illinois House unanimously passes education efficiency bill

By Adam Schuster, Illinois Policy Institute | Apr 3, 2019

By reducing administrative bloat in Illinois school districts, the bill would enable property tax relief while ensuring education dollars reach students and classrooms first, rather than bureaucrats.

Pritzker gives $100 million in pay raises to some of the nation’s highest paid state workers

By Adam Schuster, Illinois Policy Institute | Jan 16, 2019

On his first full day in office, Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced he will grant costly automatic pay raises to Illinois’ state workers despite a current budget deficit of more than $1 billion.

Illinois Supreme Court defends inflated pensions for Chicago union leaders

By Adam Schuster, Illinois Policy Institute | Dec 4, 2018

Once again proving why the state must amend the Illinois Constitution’s pension clause, the court unanimously ruled in favor of a special perk that inflated union leader pensions to nearly three times the pension of the average worker.

Illinois residents will pay additional online sales tax starting Oct. 1

By Adam Schuster, Illinois Policy Institute | Sep 25, 2018

As a result of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in South Dakota v. Wayfair Inc., most online purchases in Illinois will now be subject to automatic collection of the state’s 6.25 percent use tax.

Moody’s: Illinois pension debt-to-revenue ratio hits all-time high for any state

By Adam Schuster, Illinois Policy Institute | Sep 4, 2018

According to a new report by Moody’s Investors Service, Illinois’ unfunded pension liabilities equaled 601 percent of state revenues in 2017, a U.S. record.

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