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Illinois universities' problems are largely self-inflicted

Ted Dabrowski and John Klingner, Illinois Policy Institute Sep. 18, 2017, 5:49pm

Illinois universities are blaming the recent budget impasse for their declining enrollment and financial problems. But the problems in higher education started long before the budget fight, and are largely self-inflicted.

More bad news for Illinois

Travis Akin, Illinois Lawsuit Abuse Watch Sep. 13, 2017, 8:15am

It seems as though whenever there is a list of state rankings, the news is seldom good for the State of Illinois. In fact, it is usually just the opposite.

Piling on the tax hikes

Eric Allie, Illinois Policy Institute Sep. 11, 2017, 3:53pm

The straw that broke the camel's back.

Illinoisans get $6B more in long-term debt, but no reforms

Ted Dabrowski and John Klingner, Illinois Policy Institute Sep. 11, 2017, 3:53pm

While borrowing to help pay down the state’s unpaid bill backlog will save money on interest payments and relieve pressure on those waiting for cash, it also perpetuates Illinois’ spending problem.

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

Mailee Smith, Illinois Policy Institute Sep. 5, 2017, 12:52pm

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.

Rauner issues amendatory veto of banker bailout bill

Mindy Ruckman, Illinois Policy Institute Aug. 30, 2017, 9:33am

House Bill 3004 would have put banks and bondholders ahead of taxpayers and those who rely on government services. But Gov. Bruce Rauner’s amendatory veto strips the bill of those bailout provisions.

Illinois General Assembly passes school funding plan, tax credit scholarships

Austin Berg, Illinois Policy Institute Aug. 29, 2017, 4:05pm

The Illinois Senate passed a school funding reform bill containing the state’s first-ever tax credit scholarship program. The bill now awaits the governor’s signature.

Chicago TIFs take nearly $500M in yearly tax revenues away from other local governments

Ted Dabrowski and John Klingner, Illinois Policy Institute Aug. 23, 2017, 1:29pm

Since 2006, Chicago Public Schools has been deprived of $2.5 billion in property tax revenue that has been diverted to Chicago TIF districts.

After soda tax, Preckwinkle doles out premium perks and bonuses

Chris Lentino, Illinois Policy Institute Aug. 23, 2017, 1:22pm

After threatening thousands of job cuts, President Preckwinkle agrees to a lucrative contract with one of Cook County’s unions.

Government consolidation gains momentum, but there's more to be done

Mindy Ruckman, Illinois Policy Institute Aug. 18, 2017, 11:29am

Illinois is taking small steps toward consolidating some of its duplicitous local governments, but bold reforms are needed to start addressing the state’s nearly 7,000 taxing bodies, the most in the nation.

Beiser's choice: $4.1 million for local schools or bailout for Chicago?

Ted Dabrowski, Illinois Policy Institute Aug. 16, 2017, 8:17am

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

Moving to Cook County was a bad choice

Eric Allie, Illinois Policy Institute Aug. 15, 2017, 5:34pm

The Illinois Policy Institute highlights the effects Cook County's soda tax could have on residents and businesses.

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.

The ant and the grasshopper

Eric Allie, Illinois Policy Institute Aug. 8, 2017, 4:24pm

CPS: It's not a bailout!

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.

Preckwinkle suing soda tax opponents, judge fears 'chilling effect'

John Kristof, Illinois Policy Institute Aug. 8, 2017, 7:10am

Cook County’s lawsuit seeks damages from the Illinois Retail Merchants Association.

Chicago public schools to pay $850 million in interest on $500 million loan

Robert Brutvan, Illinois Policy Institute Aug. 2, 2017, 8:26am

The loan will not be paid off until current kindergarteners are in their mid-30s.

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.

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.