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Government unions, your property tax bill and the power of giving

By Austin Berg, Illinois Policy Institute | Dec 18, 2017

Balancing the scales at the bargaining table is an essential step in fixing the property tax problem.

Stacked deck: Of all neighboring states, only Illinois gives strike powers to government unions

By Mailee Smith, Illinois Policy Institute | Sep 5, 2017

Illinois is the only state in the region that allows government workers to go on strike, effectively depriving residents of services they need and driving up the highest property tax bills in the nation.

TUA sees stopgap budget as temporary fix to CTU's demands

By April Bamburg | Jul 11, 2016

While the state's stopgap budget adopted on the eve of a new fiscal year has for now satisfied the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU), a taxpayer watchdog believes it's just a matter of time before more demands are made known.

Illinois Senators, caucus advocate for SB 231 education funding reform

By Carol Ostrow | May 13, 2016

SPRINGFIELD – Following the Illinois school funding reform’s recent Senate passage by a healthy margin, State Sens. Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) and Bill Haine (D-Alton) said they were pleased with the 31-21-3 vote. 

Illinois lawmaker: Municipal bankruptcy may not be magic bullet but it's another 'tool in toolbox' for pension crisis

By Amanda Robert | Apr 20, 2016

CHICAGO - In Illinois, increasing pension obligations are consuming more of its taxpayers’ dollars, pushing cities and towns to cut core services and raise property taxes just to keep up with the payments, policy experts say.

CPS files charges against CTU for 'illegal' strike

By Jeffrey Schwab | Apr 5, 2016

The union’s one-day strike is an illegal, aggressive political power play, and its attempt to coerce its members to participate violates its own constitution. Here’s a breakdown of the timeline, the law and the political statement the union is making

11 things you need to know about Chicago teacher pensions

By Ted Dabrowski and John Klingner, Illinois Policy Institute | Mar 8, 2016

Pension holidays, steep increases in teachers' salaries, and lopsided ratios of teacher contributions to pension payouts have caused the Chicago Teachers’ Pension Fund’s unfunded liabilities to shoot up to $9 billion in 2015.

Rauner: CPS takeover plan lives; He predicts non-Chicago Dems will join in support

By Mark Fitton, Illinois News Network | Feb 4, 2016

SPRINGFIELD — When the time comes, suburban and downstate Democrats will join him in his effort to have the state take control of Chicago’s debt-strapped school system, Gov. Bruce Rauner said Wednesday.

Bankruptcy considered as controversial option for financially stressed public sectors

By Ann Maher | Feb 3, 2016

Facing $6 billion in long-term debt, solutions to the crisis facing the Chicago Public School (CPS) system are subject of fierce debate these days in the Windy City.

Mandatory union dues ruling expected at USSC could impact all public unions

By The Madison County Record | Nov 17, 2015

It is expected that the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments sometime early in 2016 in what is a closely watched California-based lawsuit, Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, with major implications for the state’s teachers union and potentially all public-employee unions.

Illinois Senate's support of AFSCME arbitration bill cost unions $5.8 million

By Diana Rickert | Aug 24, 2015

It’s no secret that government-worker unions are among the heavy-hitters in Illinois politics.

Illinois politicians propose $100 billion in tax hikes over five years

By Ben VanMetre | Mar 18, 2015

VanMetreMore than $100 billion in tax hikes over five years may sound like a joke. But to many Illinois lawmakers, it sounds like a solution.State Rep. Lou Lang, D-Skokie, recently said that “creative lawmakers can come up with many options for new revenue.” Unfortunately, Illinois lawmakers have outdone themselves in the creativity department this year.The array of six tax hikes proposed by Illinois

Unions top lists of big campaign money in Illinois

By Ann Maher | Jul 26, 2012

The largest Illinois campaign contributors and contributions, as well as the richest campaign committees, are labor union-related.

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