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Rauner, state reply to school districts' opposition to dismiss funding dispute

Heather Isringhausen Gvillo Sep. 19, 2017, 11:43am

In a response to several school districts’ opposition to their motion to dismiss, defendants named in a school funding dispute argue that it is the “legislature’s exclusive constitutional authority” to allocate state funds.

Fifth District panel sides with Rauner in removing former Harrisburg mayor from Prison Review Board

The Madison County Record Sep. 11, 2017, 2:47pm

MOUNT VERNON – Gov. Bruce Rauner has won appellate court approval to remove former Harrisburg mayor Eric Gregg from the Illinois Prisoner Review Board.

Like California, so goes Illinois as sanctuary state

The Madison County Record Sep. 7, 2017, 1:41pm

What recourse do law-abiding patriots have when elected officials blatantly show disrespect for our laws?

Gov. Rauner just says no to “overreach” legislation

The Madison County Record Aug. 29, 2017, 2:51pm

Kudos to Gov. Bruce Rauner for exercising his amendatory veto power to spare Illinoisans the aggravation and expense of challenging a potentially unconstitutional law.

McCarter: Rauner is 'the best Republican Democrats have ever had'

Ann Maher Aug. 29, 2017, 10:50am

Calling Gov. Bruce Rauner "the best Republican Democrats have ever had," fellow GOPer State Sen. Kyle McCarter believes the sanctuary state bill signed into law yesterday will negatively affect the governor's re-election hopes.

Rauner issues amendatory veto of unclaimed property bill; Hammers 'overreach of private auditing firms'

Ann Maher Aug. 28, 2017, 6:40am

SPRINGFIELD - Gov. Bruce Rauner on Friday issued an amendatory veto of a bill requiring insurance companies with electronic records to locate beneficiaries of unclaimed life insurance policies as far back as 2000.

Fifth District hears oral arguments for appeals of Judge LeChien's order on employee pay

Heather Isringhausen Gvillo Jun. 28, 2017, 12:50pm

The Fifth District Appellate Court heard oral arguments on June 13 in two consolidated appeals stemming from Gov. Bruce Rauner’s declaration that negotiations with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) have reached impasse and that workers’ contracts have expired.

Work comp study shows Illinois has among highest per-claim average; High in med payments and litigation, too

Michael McGrady Jun. 19, 2017, 2:35pm

Despite a decrease of 6.4 percent in the costs for workers' compensations claims since 2010, Illinois still has one of the higher cost-per-claim averages compared to the other states, according to recent analysis.

Illegally hired state employees need to be fired

The Madison County Record May 9, 2017, 12:05pm

The abuses perpetrated by Pat Quinn, Mike Madigan, and other insubordinate public servants need to stopped.

Do the Democrats in Springfield really need a bargain?

Diana Rickert, Illinois Policy Institute Apr. 20, 2017, 2:26pm

For almost two years, we’ve heard a litany of excuses for why Illinois does not have a state budget.

Several school districts sue Rauner, state for 'financial aid erosion;' They say they weren't provided funding to achieve more rigorous and costly learning standards

Heather Isringhausen Gvillo Apr. 7, 2017, 4:03pm

After two similar sales tax proposals benefiting schools failed in Madison and St. Clair Counties, several local school districts are suing the state for failing to provide the funding necessary to achieve the more rigorous and expensive learning standards required by in Illinois.

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

Michael Lucci, Illinois Policy Institute Mar. 27, 2017, 12:25pm

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

Madigan petitions Supreme Court for direct appeal of LeChien's order preserving worker pay

The Madison County Record Mar. 20, 2017, 1:45pm

SPRINGFIELD – Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan has asked the Supreme Court for direct appeal of a St. Clair County order preserving a normal payroll for state employees in the absence of appropriations.

Illinois politicians vote to divert $300 million from state coffers to fuel local spending

Amy Korte, Illinois Policy Institute Mar. 19, 2017, 12:54pm

Despite Illinois’ billions in deficit spending and skyrocketing debt, the Illinois House of Representatives passed House Bill 278, which would transfer an additional $300 million per year of state income tax funds to local governments, continuing to prop up local overspending that fuels high property taxes.

Sugary drink tax would be bitter pill to swallow

Austin Berg, Illinois Policy Institute Mar. 13, 2017, 2:55pm

Illinois holds more than $66 million worth of stocks and bonds in PepsiCo, Coca Cola and Dr. Pepper Snapple alone.

Majority of Illinois voters support a 'no tax hike budget'

John Tillman, Illinois Policy Institute Mar. 7, 2017, 4:18pm

More than half of Illinois voters want lawmakers to balance the budget by only cutting state spending.

Poll shows voters want balanced budget through spending cuts, not tax increases

Ann Maher Mar. 7, 2017, 9:27am

A new poll shows that more than half of Illinoisans say state government spends too much money, and should close its budget deficit by only cutting spending – not raising taxes.

Rauner's budget proposal needs more spending reforms

Ted Dabrowski and John Klingner, Illinois Policy Institute Feb. 20, 2017, 12:50pm

The governor should reject tax hikes and push for the structural spending reforms Illinois needs to fix its fiscal crisis and improve its economy.

Madigan motion to dissolve worker pay by end of month denied by LeChien

The Madison County Record Feb. 16, 2017, 5:25pm

St. Clair County Circuit Court Judge Robert LeChien has denied a motion from Attorney General Lisa Madigan to dissolve an injunction that has sustained the state payroll for 20 months.

'Show Me' state is showing Illinois the path to economic growth

Travis Akin, Illinois Lawsuit Abuse Watch Feb. 16, 2017, 9:48am

The recent “Judicial Hellholes” report from the American Tort Reform Foundation ranked the City of St. Louis the worst “Judicial Hellhole” in the country.