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Cook County retirees outnumber active employees in two years

Chris Lentino, Illinois Policy Institute Nov. 17, 2017, 4:35pm

Recently released data shows retirees outpacing active employees, adding pressure to an already stressed pension fund.

Illinoisans’ no good, very bad year

Austin Berg, Illinois Policy Institute Nov. 17, 2017, 3:54pm

The biggest obstacle Illinoisans face in Springfield remains the same: an all-powerful House speaker, and members of both parties who are all too eager to kowtow.

Illinois flunks new nationwide fiscal report card

Vincent Caruso, Illinois Policy Institute Nov. 17, 2017, 3:54pm

The Land of Lincoln received the lowest possible grade in budget forecasting and legacy costs.

House passes phony tax freeze, bill dies in Senate

Brendan Bakala, Illinois Policy Institute Nov. 13, 2017, 10:29am

The politically motivated freeze would not address key cost drivers or protect Illinois homeowners from property tax increases.

In 'Spring(field) Vegas,' a toxic culture thrives in the dark

Austin Berg, Illinois Policy Institute Nov. 3, 2017, 11:43am

The culture of silence will end eventually. And when it does, it will be with a deafening roar.

Thank you for your service

John J. Hopkins Nov. 2, 2017, 1:29pm

We honor not those who paid the ultimate price, but stop and show gratitude to ALL those who served, living and dead. We acknowledge the truth that “Freedom is not Free,” and pause with gratitude, with respect. While all are worthy of our efforts, this year I propose a long overdue expression for one special group - the Vietnam Veteran.

While Illinois courts Amazon, privacy litigation threatens tech firms, Illinois employers

Amy Korte, Illinois Policy Institute Oct. 30, 2017, 11:38am

The flood of biometric privacy litigation engulfing tech companies and employers should make the General Assembly think twice before passing new regulations that could increase costs and compliance burdens for companies.

Time to enforce America’s immigration laws again

Don Weber Oct. 30, 2017, 6:42am

A country without effective borders is not a country at all. And a country ruled by bureaucrats that are out of step with American opinion isn’t much of a country either.

Illinoisans see less income after taxes than residents of all neighboring states

Orphe Divounguy, Illinois Policy Institute Oct. 24, 2017, 7:38am

Illinoisans saw more than 30 percent of their income go to income taxes and property taxes from March 2015 to March 2016 – a higher share than residents of every bordering state.

Illinois is becoming a home equity desert

Matt Besler, Illinois Opportunity Project Oct. 24, 2017, 7:28am

The highest property taxes in the nation are stripping families of both their home's value and their ability to get a return on the largest investment most will make in their lifetime. Illinois’ property tax system is inequitable, inefficient, and indecipherable.

Wave of tax and fee increases sweeping Illinois

Brendan Bakala, Illinois Policy Institute Oct. 17, 2017, 7:36am

Cities and villages across the state are raising taxes or implementing new ones for a variety of functions, from attracting a fast-food restaurant to catching up on rising pension costs.

Will artificial intelligence replace you in 2045?

Jim Grandone Oct. 17, 2017, 7:02am

Artificial intelligence (AI) in law practice is both controversial and inevitable. Will it make routine work easier or more complicated?

Janus v. AFSCME could mean more freedom for Illinois' government workers

Mailee Smith, Illinois Policy Institute Oct. 10, 2017, 11:07am

For four decades, government workers have been denied their First Amendment right to freedom of association, but that could change with a U.S. Supreme Court decision in 2018.

Illinois Fall

Eric Allie, Illinois Policy Institute Oct. 10, 2017, 9:43am

Grab your rake!

Last Dance for Tom Petty

John J. Hopkins Oct. 5, 2017, 8:22am

Tom Petty dying was like losing a family member, or a very dear, close friend.

You can't fire me, I quit

Eric Allie, Illinois Policy Institute Oct. 2, 2017, 4:20pm

You can't fire me, I quit

Illinois' next tax hike could mean pain at the pump

Ted Dabrowski and John Klingner, Illinois Policy Institue Oct. 2, 2017, 11:49am

A proposed increase in gas taxes to pay for state infrastructure spending would impose another burden on overtaxed Illinoisans.

Illinois lawmakers stampede for the exit

Austin Berg, Illinois Policy Institute Sep. 28, 2017, 3:30pm

The most likely driver is pretty obvious to most Illinoisans: the rage of constituents.

Currie to receive 6-figure pension after first year of retirement

Austin Berg, Illinois Policy Institute Sep. 25, 2017, 6:42am

The longtime House majority leader will benefit from a sweetener provision that grants massive pension spikes to career lawmakers after one year of retirement.

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.