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Illinois’ opioid crisis and the dark side of workers’ comp

By Austin Berg, Illinois Policy Institute | May 20, 2016

Through a process called physician dispensing, Illinois doctors can not only prescribe drugs but also sell them to injured workers. Research shows that when physicians are allowed to do this, they prescribe 3.2 times the quantity of opioid drugs they would prescribe otherwise.

Madigan muzzles Illinoisans on term limits

By Austin Berg, Illinois Policy Institute | May 9, 2016

Term limits aren’t just a cosmetic change. They aren’t a feel-good Coke commercial. They’re a powerful reform that can make Illinois democracy work again

Chicago alderman saved Trump $11.7 million in property tax appeal scheme

By Austin Berg, Illinois Policy Institute | May 2, 2016

A new report revealed that Klafter & Burke, a property-tax law firm owned by Chicago Alderman Ed Burke, helped Donald Trump cut property taxes on his downtown Chicago hotel by nearly 40 percent over seven years, saving Trump and his investors $11.7 million.

The SEIU is hurting Illinois caregivers

By Austin Berg, Illinois Policy Institute | Apr 29, 2016

When the SEIU fails to make caregiver interests a top priority, it’s unsurprising that nearly half of caregivers statewide aren’t union members. Teaming up with lawmakers to require family members to put their loved ones in strangers’ hands to attend an in-person training session is just one example of this.

Will Lisa Madigan shut down Illinois government?

By Austin Berg, Illinois Policy Institute | Apr 18, 2016

Should lawmakers choose to pass a budget, Madigan and Cullerton’s law prohibits year-to-year cuts to lawmaker salaries and operating expenses. No other office or agency of state government has this sort of privilege.

New bill would make Illinois gas taxes highest in the nation

By Austin Berg, Illinois Policy Institute | Apr 12, 2016

A new 30-cent-per-gallon tax hike would make Illinois gas taxes the highest in the nation by far, and pour more money into a broken system.

Illinois property taxes are crushing homeowners

By Austin Berg, Illinois Policy Institute | Apr 1, 2016

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

Illinois now home to the highest sales tax in the Midwest

By Austin Berg, Illinois Policy Institute | Mar 15, 2016

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.

Landmark state report lights path toward lowering Illinois property taxes

By Austin Berg, Illinois Policy Institute | Jan 6, 2016

Absurdly high property taxes demand bold reforms from Illinois lawmakers. New recommendations from a state task force show exactly what kind.

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