Illinois Policy Institute News

Madigan aides sought out, assisted alleged 'sham' candidates in primary election

By Austin Berg, Illinois Policy Institute | Feb 5, 2019

Madigan aides sought out, assisted alleged ‘sham’ candidates in primary election Madigan’s 2016 primary opponent filed a lawsuit alleging the House speaker recruited “sham” candidates in order to dilute opposition.

House cutting committee bloat is a victory for taxpayers

By Austin Berg, Illinois Policy Institute | Jan 31, 2019

House Speaker Mike Madigan (D-Chicago) was in Springfield on Jan. 29 when his colleagues took a vote on House rules that give him more power than any other state speaker in the nation.

Illinois House passes rules giving Madigan extraordinary power – again

By Joe Tabor, Illinois Policy Institute | Jan 31, 2019

On Jan. 29 the Illinois House of Representatives voted on new House Rules, but none of the new rules addressed the unparalleled power the Speaker of the House is given over the legislative process.

Illinois ranks 46 out of 50 states in private sector jobs growth

By Orphe Divounguy and Bryce Hill, Illinois Policy Institute | Jan 30, 2019

Illinois’ fastest-growing jobs sector in 2018 was government – another sign the state needs pro-growth reforms to keep up with the rest of the country.

Can Pritzker keep promise to stop Illinois gerrymandering?

By Austin Berg, Illinois News Network | Jan 25, 2019

Illinois House Republicans are out with an independent mapmaking plan. And Gov. J.B. Pritzker is on the record saying he’ll reject a legislative map drawn under political influence. The 2020 census is just around the corner, after which Illinois must redraw its district lines.

State of the state 2019: Past mistakes show path to better future for Illinois

By Orphe Divounguy and Bryce Hill, Illinois Policy Institute | Jan 24, 2019

As Gov. J.B. Pritzker and the 101st General Assembly settle into office, they face a daunting task: governing a state with severe fiscal problems, continuing population loss and comparatively lackluster economic growth.

Another Illinois lawmaker hits the pension lottery

By Austin Berg, Illinois Policy Institute | Jan 23, 2019

There’s a lot of talk about renewed bipartisanship and a new day in Springfield. Dozens of state lawmakers have already opted out of the pension system. The General Assembly should take the lead and phase out their own defined-benefit system and get to work on a constitutional fix for the rest of Illinois’ pension mess.

Pritzker gives $100 million in pay raises to some of the nation’s highest paid state workers

By Adam Schuster, Illinois Policy Institute | Jan 16, 2019

On his first full day in office, Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced he will grant costly automatic pay raises to Illinois’ state workers despite a current budget deficit of more than $1 billion.

Proposal would make Illinois gas tax burden the highest in the nation

By Vincent Caruso, Illinois Policy Institute | Jan 8, 2019

Springfield is facing mounting pressure to enact a massive state gas tax hike. One proposal would make the average motorist pay as much as $200 per year in additional taxes on gas.

New law in Illinois will allow local law enforcement to take poorly treated pets into custody

By Glenn Minnis | Jan 2, 2019

Edwardsville Police Chief Jay Keeven has long subscribed to a simple credo when it comes to the basis on how he thinks law enforcement policies and practices should be enforced.

Southwestern Illinois home to 340 pension millionaires

By Brad Weisenstein, Illinois Policy Institute | Jan 1, 2019

A former Edwardsville university administrator and a retired judge each have collected more than $3 million in pension payments. Too little paid in with too much taken out is the heart of Illinois’ pension crisis.

Worker freedom: More than 3,700 Illinois state workers stopped paying money to a union in 2018

By Vincent Caruso, Illinois Policy Institute | Dec 26, 2018

Of the more than 3,700 Illinois state workers who stopped sending part of every paycheck to a union, 2,800 stopped sending their money to AFSCME.

Holiday shopping and the sales tax scrooge

By Austin Berg, Illinois Policy Institute | Dec 19, 2018

Illinois' current patchwork of sales tax exemptions, oftentimes carved out by special interests, makes for poor policy.

Chicago to state lawmakers: ‘Seize the opportunity’ for gas tax hike

By Vincent Caruso, Illinois Policy Institute | Dec 5, 2018

Outgoing Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s administration is looking to make inroads on an increase in Illinois’ gas tax.

Madison County makes history with generous taxpayer support of museum

By Brad Weisenstein, Illinois Policy Institute | Dec 4, 2018

Most county historical societies in Illinois rely on donations and memberships, but the Madison County Historical Society receives a generous infusion of tax dollars to run its museum and library. County leaders just cut the total, but why do they provide taxpayer support at all?

Gas tax hike may be around the corner for Gov.-elect JB Pritzker

By Austin Berg, Illinois Policy Institute | Nov 13, 2018

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is reportedly gunning for a transportation bill that could come with an increase in the gas tax.

Illinois’ richest governor, meet the nation’s most powerful state lawmaker

By Austin Berg, Illinois Policy Institute | Nov 12, 2018

Pritzker’s money could offer Madigan’s House members cover should they dare to go against the speaker.

Godfrey voters to choose whether to dissolve township on their November ballots

By Vincent Caruso, Illinois Policy Institute | Oct 30, 2018

A referendum asking voters whether to dissolve Godfrey Township will appear on ballots Nov. 6.

Township consolidation referendum to appear on Alton ballots

By Vincent Caruso, Illinois Policy Institute | Oct 30, 2018

Alton voters will face two referendums that could eliminate government layers at both the township and county levels.

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