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Who gets Madigan money and what it means for November

By Austin Berg, Illinois News Network | Aug 28, 2018

Pension reform is a moral imperative. The alternative is a future in which core services are cut, taxes are raised, and pensioners risk losing what they’ve already been promised as the funds go insolvent.

If Frank Mautino didn’t break the rules, the rules are broken

By Austin Berg, Illinois News Network | Jul 16, 2018

When it comes to political graft, paying people under the table isn’t too complicated – as long as you have some blurred lines to hide in.

In a shrinking state, Census sheds light on struggling cities

By Austin Berg, Illinois News Network | May 29, 2018

Rich Roth didn’t think his story would go viral. But a Facebook post with his photo and a quote from the longtime Clinton, Illinois, resident has reached more than 800,000 people since May 21, with more than 10,000 reactions and 8,000 shares.

Progressive tax battle pits taxpayers against Madigan

By Austin Berg, Illinois News Network | May 7, 2018

It was no small feat that House Republicans stood their ground against a progressive income tax in April.

The bipartisan bullies of township government

By Austin Berg, Illinois News Network | Apr 30, 2018

A great deal of what’s wrong in Illinois government can be explained by a socioeconomic theory called “concentrated benefits and diffuse costs.”

The ‘friendly’ tax hike taking shape in Springfield

By Austin Berg, Illinois News Network | Apr 10, 2018

In election season, some Illinois politicians are looking for ways to promise more revenue without inciting the rage of voters, who just saw the largest permanent income tax hike in state history last summer.

Yes, Speaker Madigan, you have a culture problem

By Austin Berg, Illinois News Network | Mar 2, 2018

In a hastily arranged press conference Tuesday, House Speaker Mike Madigan laid out nine more instances of sexual harassment his office has overseen in the past five years, with more potentially excluded.

Meet the Illinoisan at the center of a historic Supreme Court case

By Austin Berg, Illinois News Network | Feb 23, 2018

Mark Janus learned about public service from a young age, growing up as a Boy Scout in Springfield. He eventually became an Eagle Scout. And he’s passed along his knowledge to young men and women from the state’s capital while leading scouting trips to Florida.

The most misleading myths in Illinois politics

By Austin Berg, Illinois News Network | Feb 20, 2018

It’s no secret there’s a lot wrong with Illinois. Abraham Lincoln’s birthday, Feb. 12, is an annual reminder of how far the state has drifted away from the virtues of its most illustrious lawmaker.