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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.

St. Clair County GOP head, running for 113th House District, calls tax hikes 'misguided'

Glenn Minnis Jul. 12, 2017, 10:28am

St. Clair County GOP chair and candidate for state representative Doug Jameson said he fears that Illinois’ new state budget leaves the state in its worst predicament yet.

Illinois' $21 billion in school debt pushes up property taxes

Ted Dabrowski and John Klingner, Illinois Policy Institute Jul. 11, 2017, 8:55am

School districts’ have borrowed over $21 billion, increasing the burden on Illinois taxpayers.

Illinoisans are still waiting for independence

Austin Berg, Illinois Policy Institute Jul. 7, 2017, 12:11pm

More than 240 years ago, a group of individuals stood up against a far-off king who taxed them without recourse. Americans honor their efforts each year on Independence Day.

Statements on veto override

Letters to Editor Jul. 7, 2017, 7:51am

Rauner: Speaker Madigan’s 32 percent permanent income tax increase will force another tax hike in the near future.


Ted Dabrowski, Illinois Policy Institute Jun. 28, 2017, 11:21am

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner won the 2014 gubernatorial election on a 44-point Turnaround Agenda meant to “shake up Springfield.”

'Show Me State' shows Illinois the way on lawsuit reform

Travis Akin, Illinois Lawsuit Abuse Watch Jun. 27, 2017, 8:55am

It is tale of two states – the “Show Me State” and the “Sue Me State.”

Preemptive strike legislation against Trump environmental policies migrating from California

W.J. Kennedy Jun. 21, 2017, 11:42am

SPRINGFIELD – Legislation introduced in the House that would require state agencies in Illinois to enforce environmental standards adopted under the Obama Administration, if those standards are rolled back under Trump is nearly identical to one advancing in the California legislature.

Should shooter have been allowed to retain FOID card?

Ann Maher Jun. 20, 2017, 10:45am

The gunned down shooter from Belleville who on Wednesday brought the country to its knees possessed a valid Firearms Owner Identification (FOID) card, authorities say.

What's a junk bond and why Illinois will be America's first 'junk' state

Michael Lucci, Illinois Policy Institute Jun. 19, 2017, 7:10am

Illinois’ bonds are currently priced like they are junk-rated.