Matt Besler, Illinois Opportunity Project News

Harvey: Canary in the collapsing Illinois coal mine

By Matt Besler, Illinois Opportunity Project | Apr 19, 2018

Your job, your pension, or your home. This is the choice left to several families in Harvey, Illinois. They can’t have all three and some don’t even have the choice of one.

Illinois is becoming a home equity desert

By Matt Besler, Illinois Opportunity Project | Oct 24, 2017

The highest property taxes in the nation are stripping families of both their home's value and their ability to get a return on the largest investment most will make in their lifetime. Illinois’ property tax system is inequitable, inefficient, and indecipherable.

Don’t let them get away with it

By Matt Besler, Illinois Opportunity Project | Jun 6, 2017

Budget negotiations must begin with reforms to the programs that drive state spending up and the policies that drive families and businesses out.

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