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McCarter calls Springfield a 'gross atmosphere' in wake of sexual harassment allegations

Ann Maher Nov. 10, 2017, 11:54am

SPRINGFIELD - Programs on how not to engage in sexual harassment were given to lawmakers this week following recent bombshell allegations made by a lobbyist who claimed a ranking member of the state Senate harassed her.

In 'Spring(field) Vegas,' a toxic culture thrives in the dark

Austin Berg, Illinois Policy Institute Nov. 3, 2017, 11:43am

The culture of silence will end eventually. And when it does, it will be with a deafening roar.

While Illinois courts Amazon, privacy litigation threatens tech firms, Illinois employers

Amy Korte, Illinois Policy Institute Oct. 30, 2017, 11:38am

The flood of biometric privacy litigation engulfing tech companies and employers should make the General Assembly think twice before passing new regulations that could increase costs and compliance burdens for companies.

Illinoisans see less income after taxes than residents of all neighboring states

Orphe Divounguy, Illinois Policy Institute Oct. 24, 2017, 7:38am

Illinoisans saw more than 30 percent of their income go to income taxes and property taxes from March 2015 to March 2016 – a higher share than residents of every bordering state.

Illinois is becoming a home equity desert

Matt Besler, Illinois Opportunity Project Oct. 24, 2017, 7:28am

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.

Illinois' pensions debt grew more in one year than half of states' entire budgets

Cole Lauterbach and Greg Bishop, Illinois News Network Oct. 12, 2017, 11:03am

In one year, Illinois' pensions added more debt than 25 U.S. states' entire budgets.

You can't fire me, I quit

Eric Allie, Illinois Policy Institute Oct. 2, 2017, 4:20pm

You can't fire me, I quit

Illinois' next tax hike could mean pain at the pump

Ted Dabrowski and John Klingner, Illinois Policy Institue Oct. 2, 2017, 11:49am

A proposed increase in gas taxes to pay for state infrastructure spending would impose another burden on overtaxed Illinoisans.

Illinois lawmakers stampede for the exit

Austin Berg, Illinois Policy Institute Sep. 28, 2017, 3:30pm

The most likely driver is pretty obvious to most Illinoisans: the rage of constituents.

Stuart's choice: $4.5 million more for local schools or a Chicago bailout?

Ted Dabrowski, Illinois Policy Institute Aug. 15, 2017, 5:11pm

Defenders of Senate Bill 1 are putting a bailout of Chicago Public Schools ahead of their own local school districts.

Illinois Senate passes Chicago bailout, overrides Rauner's amendatory veto

Austin Berg, Illinois Policy Institute Aug. 14, 2017, 12:46pm

All Senate Democrats and one Republican voted to override Gov. Bruce Rauner and pass Senate Bill 1 in its original form, including a bailout for Chicago Public Schools.

McCarter: SB1 is boon to elites and crumbs for downstate schools; Progressive tax system is real motivation

Ann Maher Aug. 10, 2017, 12:29pm

The real motivation behind "evidence-based" funding of schools as proposed in Senate Bill 1 is to achieve a progressive income tax system in Illinois, according to State Sen. Kyle McCarter (R-Lebanon).

Employers are latest target of lawsuits under Illinois privacy law

Amy Korte, Illinois Policy Institute Aug. 8, 2017, 7:16am

Lawsuits by employees over the use of fingerprint time clocks could cost companies millions in damages.

Rauner issues amendatory veto of school finance bill

Ted Dabrowski, John Klingner, Illinois Policy Institute Aug. 1, 2017, 2:02pm

Gov. Bruce Rauner’s amendatory veto strips a Chicago bailout from Senate Bill 1, among other changes.

Illinois needs to be a right-to-work state to compete for jobs

The Madison County Record Aug. 1, 2017, 11:27am

Illinois is surrounded by right-to-work states. Michigan, Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri, Iowa, and Wisconsin all have right-to-work laws protecting employees from forced unionism – as do the majority of U.S. States, 28 in all.

Chicago bailout puts downstate and suburban students at risk of missing school

Ted Dabrowski and John Klingner, Illinois Policy Institute Jul. 27, 2017, 5:21pm

In trying to force a Chicago bailout, proponents of Senate Bill 1 are throwing hundreds of thousands of downstate and suburban students into limbo.

State school funding bill would micromanage public school spending-- down to the cent

The Madison County Record Jul. 25, 2017, 1:21pm

State bureaucrats will dictate how many teachers Illinois school districts must hire and how much to pay them if a school funding bill gets signed into law this month.

Illinois' 32% tax increase shows need or taxpayer bill of rights

Mindy Ruckman, Illinois Policy Institute Jul. 25, 2017, 7:39am

Illinois taxpayers deserve to have a voice in budgeting decisions as politicians continually look to hike their taxes.

State tax hike means Harrisburg's richest get richer

The Madison County Record Jul. 21, 2017, 1:13pm

School’s out in the summertime. So when Harrisburg’s Mike and Angella Gauch decided they would drive to Springfield earlier this month, getting out of work wasn’t a concern.

Property taxes grow faster than Illinoisans' ability to pay for them

John Klingner and Evelyn Hussey Jul. 18, 2017, 12:47pm

Illinois homeowners’ property taxes are among the highest in the nation. They are consuming more and more of Illinoisans’ incomes.