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LAP: Alateen – recovery for the whole family

By Kevin M. Kelly, Lawyers Assistance Program | Feb 25, 2019

I recently received the Karl Rolewick award from Lawyers Assistance Program (LAP), an award recognizing those who volunteer in the area of addictions recovery. I would like to thank LAP for the award. I am very honored and humbled at the same time.

The truth about treason - Hoda Muthana - if anyone cares

By Tad Armstrong | Feb 25, 2019

The most tortured word in the annals of American law surely must be the word “treason.”

Pritzker signs statewide $15 minimum wage into law

By Vincent Caruso, Illinois Policy Institute | Feb 19, 2019

Estimates from the governor’s office suggest the minimum wage increase will add $1.1 billion to the state payroll, courtesy of Illinois taxpayers.

Trump’s tweets highlight contradictory climate claims, shoddy science

By H. Sterling Burnett, Heartland Institute | Feb 18, 2019

When confronted with inconvenient facts or evidence that calls into question one or more aspects of the theory of human caused climate change, or by arguments that the way climate science is being practiced violates the scientific method, climate alarmists revert to ad hominem attacks—calling the researchers’ raising such questions childish names or questioning their motives rather than addressing the substance of their arguments.

20 facts Pritzker doesn’t want ordinary Illinoisans to know

By Ted Dabrowski, Wirepoints | Feb 14, 2019

There’s no arguing that Illinois is a wreck. But read Gov. J.B. Pritzker's recent pre-budget report and you'll get the impression former Gov. Bruce Rauner alone caused that wreck.

Moody's warns tax hikes could accelerate exodus

By Ted Dabrowski, Wirepoints | Feb 11, 2019

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker got a warning of sorts from Moody’s ahead of his first budget address. The rating agency’s most recent report highlighted the usual crises Pritzker must tackle: ballooning pension debts and chronic budget deficits.

The astounding reversal on Illinois’ pension crisis

By Ted Dabrowski, Wirepoints | Feb 7, 2019

Governor J.B. Pritzker has made his position clear on pensions: No reforms. Not necessary. Just pay them. Nobody in the Democratic party, which holds supermajorities in both the House and the Senate, has voiced any dissent.

$19 billion for education swallows more than half the state’s current budget

By Ted Dabrowski, Wirepoints | Feb 6, 2019

While the request is being downplayed as “symbolic,” it reveals just how out of touch education officials are from the realities facing Illinois and its residents, like the state’s crumbling finances, punishing tax bills and the increasing flight of Illinoisans.

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.

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