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BLS report shows weak economy in Illinois, recovery in neighboring states

By Michael Lucci, Illinois Policy Institute | Apr 25, 2017

Illinois saw a 0.23 percent increase in jobs in the first quarter of 2017, the third-worst growth rate in the region.

Illinois has hurt its economy by piling on taxes since the great recession

By Michael Lucci, Illinois Policy Institute | Mar 27, 2017

State and local tax hikes in Illinois have hurt economic growth, lowered the standard of living, and contributed to out-migration.

Four reasons Illinoisans can't weather another tax increase

By Michael Lucci, Illinois Policy Institute | Feb 14, 2017

Lawmakers need to look at the state’s major spending drivers instead of increasing taxes, which will continue to drive more people out of the state.

Illinois loses 16,700 jobs in face of new tax proposals

By Michael Lucci, Illinois Policy Institute | Jan 31, 2017

Illinois lost 16,700 payroll jobs in December 2016, according to a Jan. 20 report from the Illinois Department of Employment Security, or IDES.

Illinois losing 1 resident every 4.6 minutes, could fall behind Pennsylvania population

By Michael Lucci, Illinois Policy Institute | Dec 21, 2016

Illinois has record loss of 114,000 residents to other states in 2016 as population shrinks by 37,500.

BLS September jobs report: Illinois has only shrinking labor force of all surrounding states

By Michael Lucci, Illinois Policy Institute | Oct 26, 2016

Illinoisans continued dropping out of the workforce in September, according to an Oct. 21 economic release from the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics, or BLS.

Illinois entrepreneurs deserve the right to earn a living

By Michael Lucci, Illinois Policy Institute | Oct 4, 2016

Illinois lawmakers should support a statewide law that limits government business regulations to only those necessary and carefully tailored to serve a legitimate public health, safety or welfare purpose.

Injured Illinois workers take 50 percent more time off than peers in surrounding states

By Michael Lucci, Illinois Policy Institute | Sep 26, 2016

Illinois law gives financial incentives to many injured workers to stay off the job and to doctors to prescribe more medications to workers’ compensation patients.

Illinois has worst personal income recovery in Midwest, second worst in U.S.

By Michael Lucci, Illinois Policy Institute | Aug 9, 2016

A new study by The Pew Charitable Trusts shows Illinois trails all states but Nevada in personal income growth since the Great Recession, with a growth rate half that of Illinois’ neighbors.

Illinois tax code punishes entrepreneurs

By Michael Lucci, Illinois Policy Institute | Aug 2, 2016

Entrepreneurship is the embodiment of the American Dream, and through their creativity and hard work, entrepreneurs bring new ideas, products and ways of doing things to the marketplace, often building businesses generating significant numbers of jobs.

May jobs report: Illinois 2,500 payroll jobs, workforce shrinks by 9,100

By Michael Lucci, Illinois Policy Institute | Jun 21, 2016

Weak jobs numbers across the Midwest reflect the possibility of an oncoming economic slowdown. In fact, it would not be surprising to face a recession in the upcoming months, given that U.S. jobs growth has been weakening, and it has been seven years since the previous recession ended – a long period of expansion by historical norms.

Caterpillar CEO's warnings 4 years later: Illinois on downward slide as predicted

By Michael Lucci, Illinois Policy Institute | Feb 16, 2016

Illinois politicians ignored Caterpillar CEO Doug Oberhelman’s 2012 plea for pro-growth reforms, and Illinois is the only state in the region to have lost manufacturing jobs on net over the last four years.

Why Indiana's population grows faster than Illinois'

By Michael Lucci, Illinois Policy Institute | Feb 9, 2016

Illinois’ weak jobs growth is driving more residents to other states on net than Illinois gains from other states, from natural growth in births or from international immigration.

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