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More than 130 six-figure school district administrators oppose education efficiency bill

By Joe Barnes, Illinois Policy Institute | May 15, 2019

An Illinois House bill that would allow more education funding dollars reach the classroom before getting trapped in administration has earned support from both parties – and the opposition of administrators.

Illinois House amendment would require supermajority to hike taxes

By Vincent Caruso, Illinois Policy Institute | May 8, 2019

Illinoisans are among the nation’s most heavily taxed residents. A proposed Illinois constitutional amendment would make it harder for lawmakers to add to that burden.

Forget doubling gas taxes, Illinois lawmakers want to rev it even higher

By Vincent Caruso, Illinois Policy Institute | May 7, 2019

Two new proposals in the Illinois General Assembly would give state drivers the highest gas tax burden in the nation.

Toilets and skyscrapers

By Ted Dabrowski, Wirepoints | May 7, 2019

Chicagoland’s political elite know exactly how to pass the property-tax buck onto everyone else. They use their powerful connections to cut their own property tax bills and push the costs onto other unsuspecting residents. And that’s left many lower-income homeowners footing ever-larger tax bills.

Reality check on 5 false claims used to boost Pritzker’s ‘fair tax’

By Orphe Divounguy and Bryce Hill | May 2, 2019

With Illinois lawmakers on break, the governor’s team is trying to build support for a graduated state income tax. Unfortunately, they are building on a foundation of false claims.

Law Day 2019: Free Speech, Free Press, Free Society

By Illinois Supreme Court Chief Justice Lloyd Karmeier | May 2, 2019

As petty and trivial as the press may sometimes be, its power to inform and to educate on the important issues of the day has endured.

Illinois Senate passes bill barring pension double-dipping for local politicians

By Joe Barnas, Illinois Policy Institute | May 1, 2019

Illinois is home to the nation’s worst pension problem. A bill aimed at double-dipping by local politicians could make it better as Illinois pursues a pension system overhaul.

Southwestern Illinois loses big chunk of population, with one exception

By Brad Weisenstein, Illinois Policy Institute | May 1, 2019

One Illinois county in the greater St. Louis area is losing so many residents it ranks No. 5 nationwide for population loss. Its neighboring county was one of the few in Illinois to grow.

86 counties in Illinois see population loss in 2018

By Bryce Hill, Illinois Policy Institute | Apr 24, 2019

Fleeing residents continue to fuel population loss, with Cook County leading the nation for population decline.

Illinois homeowners pay nearly double the national average in property taxes

By Cole Lauterbach, Illinois News Network | Apr 16, 2019

For all of the outcry and political promises to help property taxes, Illinoisans still pay the second highest rates in the nation.

Every Illinoisan must see these two charts

By Mark Glennon, Wirepoints | Apr 12, 2019

Whether you know nothing or everything about Illinois’ state and local fiscal crises, take a moment to digest these two charts below, recently published by the Wall Street Journal.

What Illinoisans need to know about Pritzker’s progressive tax

By Ted Dabrowski, Wirepoints | Apr 9, 2019

If you’re an ordinary Illinoisan, you may be tempted to support Gov. Pritzker’s plan to change Illinois’ flat tax structure to a progressive one. He’s promised to lower your taxes if you’ll support the switch.

Don’t be fooled, history is repeating itself

By State Sen. Jason Plummer | Apr 9, 2019

Why lawmakers are calling Illinois’ fiscal mess a “deficit” problem rather than by its true name.

Illinois becomes only state in Midwest to prohibit adults under 21 from buying tobacco

By Vincent Caruso, Illinois Policy Institute | Apr 9, 2019

“Tobacco 21” was vetoed by the former governor as a burden on stores, but the new governor just made Illinois the 11th state to tell young adults they may not buy tobacco products until they are 21.

Illinois House unanimously passes education efficiency bill

By Adam Schuster, Illinois Policy Institute | Apr 3, 2019

By reducing administrative bloat in Illinois school districts, the bill would enable property tax relief while ensuring education dollars reach students and classrooms first, rather than bureaucrats.

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