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There is no shame in asking for help

By Melissa O’Neill, LCSW | Aug 28, 2018

Stress, in and of itself, is not bad. High-achieving individuals in the law profession often thrive under a modicum of pressure; however, too much of any good thing is, in fact, too much.

Rest of the nation sees 31 percent faster jobs growth vs. Illinois in 2018

By Orphe Divounguy and Bryce Hill, Illinois Policy Institute | Aug 21, 2018

Illinois experienced its sixth consecutive month of jobs growth in July, yet continues to trail the pace of growth in the rest of the nation for 2018.

Rauner signs bill shedding light on school district administrative spending

By Mindy Ruckman, Illinois Policy Institute | Aug 21, 2018

The new law will bring more transparency to Illinois school districts’ administrative costs, which are among the highest in the nation.

Small business program on the chopping block

By By Cora Fox, Center for Rural Affairs | Aug 21, 2018

Illinois’ locally-owned businesses are the jewels that make rural communities shine. The Rural Microentrepreneur Assistance Program, a farm bill program, helps these small business owners obtain resources resources and training they need.

Brett Kavanaugh should be confirmed as a Supreme Court Justice

By State Rep. David McSweeney | Aug 14, 2018

Judge Brett Kavanaugh is a highly qualified nominee who deserves bipartisan support for his confirmation. He was confirmed as a federal judge to serve on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit in 2006. Judge Kavanaugh has already been through the vetting process. He has already faced tough questions and was deemed fit to serve on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit – a court that is known as the “Second Highest Court in the Land.”

St. Clair County property taxes nearly doubled over last 20 years

By Vincent Caruso, Illinois Policy Institute | Aug 13, 2018

Property taxpayers in St. Clair County have seen home values swamped by property taxes over the past 20 years.

It’s the pension promises, stupid!

By Ted Dabrowski, Wirepoints | Aug 13, 2018

You can trust public pension apologists to deflect any critique that calls out the failure of defined benefit plans. Unsurprisingly, their response to a recent Wall Street Journal editorial highlighting Wirepoints’ research was just that – deflection via misdirection and victim playing.

Why your property tax bill is so high and how to fix it

By Austin Berg, Illinois Policy Institute | Aug 7, 2018

Less than 50 cents of every additional property tax dollar over the last 20 years went to pay for services that raise home values. Instead, the primary driver of the rise in property taxes was pension costs.

Thanks, Champ, for being an American

By John J. Hopkins | Aug 7, 2018

On the weekend of July 13-15, my wife Margaret and I traveled South to visit with old friends from Nashville. For most of the past 20-plus years, we have met in Memphis, as a sort of rounding spot for our activities. This year for a change we headed east to Louisville, Kentucky, for bourbon, good food and history.

3 ways Illinois can improve its property tax assessment system

By Vincent Caruso, Illinois Policy Institute | Aug 1, 2018

The method by which local governments calculate Illinoisans’ property tax bills is broken. Here’s how Springfield can fix it.

Belleville residents picking up huge tab for work comp payouts

By Vincent Caruso, Illinois Policy Institute | Jul 30, 2018

Illinois industry shoulders the burden of the highest workers’ compensation costs in the region. But what many Illinoisans paying some of the nation’s highest property taxes may not realize is that they’re picking up the tab for those costs, too.

Hog-tied: Illinois state law not equipped to address local governments’ pension problems

By Joe Tabor, Illinois Policy Institute | Jul 25, 2018

Avenues for state oversight for cities with financial difficulties have limited utility in the face of massive pension debt and have almost never been invoked since Springfield passed them into law in 1990.

Say it ain't so Joe

By John J. Hopkins | Jul 24, 2018

The 1919 World Series was intentionally lost by the Chicago White Sox,fixing the game to appease gamblers and to make a pretty payoff themselves. The scheme unraveled, resulting in criminal prosecutions and a lifetime ban from baseball for the conspirators.

Alton voters will choose whether to eliminate township in November

By Vincent Caruso, Illinois Policy Institute | Jul 17, 2018

Alton residents are paying for two overlapping units of government – the city of Alton and Alton Township. But voters will soon have the chance to slash costs by dissolving the city’s redundant township.

Vote 'Yes' to make Madison County a Second Amendment sanctuary county

By The Madison County Record | Jul 17, 2018

Americans are not weak, you are not weak, but if we allow weak political leaders to make decisions for us, we are complicit in where we are being led...where our children are being led.

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