Illinois Policy Institute News

Alton voters will choose whether to eliminate township in November

By Vincent Caruso, Illinois Policy Institute | Jul 17, 2018

Alton residents are paying for two overlapping units of government – the city of Alton and Alton Township. But voters will soon have the chance to slash costs by dissolving the city’s redundant township.

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.

Jobs data: After 2017 income tax hike, Illinois slows while nation grows

By Orphe Divounguy and Bryce Hill, Illinois Policy Institute | Jul 11, 2018

As national jobs growth kept up a steady clip, Illinois saw jobs growth dip after lawmakers passed a historic tax hike.

East Alton eyes $35K in savings, but pension woes loom much larger

By Vincent Caruso, Illinois Policy Institute | Jul 10, 2018

Severely underwater public safety pensions have already derailed the finances of other municipalities, such as Harvey and North Chicago.

Janus v. AFSCME is a huge win

By Mailee Smith, Illinois Policy Institute | Jun 27, 2018

In a 5-4 ruling on June 27, the U.S. Supreme Court declared forced union fees violate the First Amendment rights of government workers.

En route to Rauner’s desk: Victories for licensing reform, regulatory rollback and axing golden parachutes

By Mindy Ruckman, Illinois Policy Institute | Jun 26, 2018

Nearly 600 bills are on their way to the governor, some of which would be encouraging changes to the status quo.

Illinois sees fourth straight month of jobs growth in May

By Bryce Hill, Illinois Policy Institute | Jun 26, 2018

Illinois’ jobs situation improved in May, but the state needs long-term solutions such as a spending cap to get on a path to fiscal health and assure investors more tax hikes are not on the horizon.

Belleville has seen sharpest population decline among top Illinois cities since 2010

By Vincent Caruso, Illinois Policy Institute | Jun 13, 2018

As Illinois struggles to address its people problem, population loss has plagued communities across the Land of Lincoln. But the shrinkage in some areas has been more severe than others.

For Speaker Madigan, when do drips become a flood?

By Austin Berg, Illinois Policy Institute | Jun 11, 2018

A few brave souls have come forward with their stories about the behavior under Madigan’s dome. But how many still feel powerless?

Belleville school districts are ripe for consolidation

By Vincent Caruso, Illinois Policy Institute | Jun 7, 2018

Illinois has more units of local government than any other state in the country, many of which are duplicative and overlapping. In Belleville, where the majority of the city’s school districts cover fewer students than the state average, consolidation efforts could boost efficiency while saving taxpayer dollars.

Progressive income tax resolution passes in State House

By Ann Maher | May 30, 2018

A progressive income tax resolution passed in the State House on Tuesday 61-52, mostly along party lines.

Illinois Supreme Court ruling a victory for government transparency

By Jeffrey Schwab, Liberty Justice Center | May 29, 2018

The court’s ruling strengthens Illinois’ Freedom of Information Act, a crucial tool in holding government officials accountable.

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.

Madigan re-elected Chairman of Illinois Democratic Party

By Austin Berg, Illinois Policy Institute | Apr 24, 2018

The longtime House speaker is the only state legislative leader in the nation to also serve as a party chairman.

Former East St. Louis township officials diverted nearly $1M in youth program funds

By Vincent Caruso, Illinois Policy Institute | Apr 3, 2018

Two township administrators took state grant funds intended for a summer youth program to cover up for illegal credit card purchases.

Outmigration fuels Madison, St. Clair County population dips in 2017

By Joe Kaiser, Illinois Policy Institute | Mar 27, 2018

Madison and St. Clair counties both saw their populations decline from July 2016 to July 2017, thanks to outmigration – a problem the counties have been dealing with for years.

Study: Illinois home to highest overall tax burden in the nation

By Vincent Caruso, Illinois Policy Institute | Mar 21, 2018

A recent study confirms what too many Illinoisans have discovered firsthand: that they’re among the most overburdened taxpayers in the country.

Your office March Madness pool is illegal, but these bills could change that

By Vincent Caruso, Illinois Policy Institute | Mar 21, 2018

The illicit practice of gambling on sports in Illinois is enormously popular – and that might help spur change.

Progressive tax proponents display magical thinking

By Vincent Caruso, Illinois Policy Institute | Mar 21, 2018

Advocates for a progressive income tax claim to offer relief for middle-class families. But that doesn’t jive with real proposals in Springfield or lawmakers’ spending habits.

Ed/Glen Chamber points to impact on business with 1 percent CSFT tax increase

By Ann Maher | Mar 13, 2018

The Edwardsville/Glen Carbon Chamber of Commerce has weighed in on the proposed 1 percent County School Facilities Tax (CSFT). And while the organization has not taken an explicit "anti" position, its analysis leans that way.