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Illinois loses 16,700 jobs in face of new tax proposals

By Michael Lucci, Illinois Policy Institute | Jan 31, 2017

Illinois lost 16,700 payroll jobs in December 2016, according to a Jan. 20 report from the Illinois Department of Employment Security, or IDES.

Illinois held hostage to a 'Grand Bargain'

By State Rep. Jeanne Ives (R-Wheaton) | Jan 29, 2017

No one should be surprised that group think instead of rational choices surround the 13 interconnected bills of the “Grand Bargain.” It is wholly predictable given the longevity of the Senate leaders involved.

The Illinois state senators who pledged not to raise income taxes

By Brendan Bakala, Illinois Policy Institute | Jan 25, 2017

Pressure is mounting on lawmakers in Springfield to go along with a “compromise” budget plan that would raise income taxes on every Illinoisan. Illinois Senate President John Cullerton, D-Chicago, and Minority Leader Christine Radogno, R-Lemont, have thrown their support behind a proposed budget plan that would raise state income taxes to 4.95 percent from the current level of 3.75 percent.

For one day, be an American

By John J. Hopkins | Jan 18, 2017

It would be so pleasant to see instead the veils of partisan rancor drop, if just for one day. It would be so encouraging to see that for just one day, the delusional blame game with the Russians be temporarily set aside. It would be so beneficial to our Nation, that for just one day, these crybabies would no longer be Democrats, no longer be Liberals, but Americans instead.

AFSCME uses fake 'compromise' to set stage for state worker strike

By Mailee Smith, Illinois Policy Institute | Jan 17, 2017

AFSCME – the state’s largest government-worker union – spent two years pushing for contract provisions that would cost state taxpayers billions. Now that the union has lost before the state labor board, it has issued a “framework” for compromise. But that “framework” is merely a publicity stunt to make the union appear reasonable while union leaders threaten a strike to obtain contract provisions that burden state taxpayers.

Lawmaker proposes statewide 'Zombie Preparedness Month'

By Joe Kaiser, Illinois Policy Institute | Jan 17, 2017

In one of the first proposals of the new General Assembly, state Rep. Chris Welch, D-Westchester, proposed making October 2017 “zombie preparedness month.”

Why a budget won't fix Illinois

By Austin Berg, Illinois Policy Institute | Jan 10, 2017

Pension costs alone now consume a quarter of the Illinois state budget.

Illinois lost 150,000 university students from 2000 to 2014

By Madelyn Harwood, Illinois Policy Institute | Jan 10, 2017

Misplaced priorities in education funding have driven students out of the state and skyrocketed tuition costs.

2016 corruption watch: Chicago, East St. Louis take top corruption spots

By Mindy Ruckman, Illinois Policy Institute | Jan 2, 2017

This year was full of corruption and mismanagement from public officials, but four instances in particular stand out.

Illinois ends 2016 with $11 billion in unpaid bills

By Brendan Bakala, Illinois Policy Institute | Jan 2, 2017

Though spending on government-worker salaries and pensions has grown at a rapid rate, many service providers and grant recipients are still awaiting payment.

It's a Wonderful County!

By John J. Hopkins | Dec 23, 2016

Sitting on the bar stool at the Stagger Inn, he reviewed the past year not with any sense of holiday cheer, but with despair and doom–a clear and unmistakable feeling of foreboding for the future.

ITLA: Different year, same tired ATRA propaganda aimed at undermining Illinoisans’ legal rights

By Christopher Hurley | Dec 22, 2016

Long before the recent explosion of “fake news,” the American Tort Reform Association, an organization that uses the appealing word “reform” in its name to hide its true purpose, was busy hawking disinformation to confuse public understanding and promote rage toward our state’s judicial system.

Illinois losing 1 resident every 4.6 minutes, could fall behind Pennsylvania population

By Michael Lucci, Illinois Policy Institute | Dec 21, 2016

Illinois has record loss of 114,000 residents to other states in 2016 as population shrinks by 37,500.

New report confirms need for lawsuit reform in Illinois

By Travis Akin, Illinois Lawsuit Abuse Watch | Dec 20, 2016

While many Illinois businesses continue to struggle, a new recently released report shows the lawsuit industry is alive and well in Illinois.

Business development: Planning for competition in the new year

By Jim Grandone | Dec 16, 2016

What is your business plan for 2017? How do you plan to attract or push new clients to your firm? If you are like many firms, you have no formal plan. You rely on referrals and word-of-mouth recommendations because, after all, you’re good at what you do. Right?

You can't handle the truth!

By John J. Hopkins | Dec 16, 2016

Clinton lost because she was conceited, condescending and crooked. Case closed.

Why all Illinoisans need action on workers' comp

By Austin Berg, Illinois Policy Institute | Dec 12, 2016

The cost of workers’ compensation for municipalities, counties and state government in Illinois is more than $400 million per year.

Property taxes mount on 'Home Alone' house

By Brendan Bakala, Illinois Policy Institute | Dec 6, 2016

2016 was a tough year for the owners of 671 Lincoln Ave. The red-brick, Georgian house in Winnetka, Ill., was made famous by the 1990 Christmas hit, “Home Alone,” but in real life, it’s not crowbar-wielding burglars coming for the family’s money, but the Cook County government.

Voters are fed up with judges and personal injury lawyers who ‘Game the System’

By Travis Akin, Illinois Lawsuit Abuse Watch | Dec 6, 2016

The 2016 Election is over and voters have rendered their verdicts and shown they want judges and legislators who will stand up to the personal injury lawyers and stop lawsuit abuse in Illinois.

Three reasons AFSCME has so much power over Illinois taxpayers

By Mailee Smith, Illinois Policy Institute | Nov 28, 2016

Over the years, AFSCME – the state’s largest government-worker union – has amassed incredible benefits for state workers through contract negotiations with the state. When AFSCME comes to the bargaining table, it isn’t AFSCME versus the governor – it’s AFSCME versus the state taxpayer. And AFSCME holds extraordinarily more power in the process than the state taxpayers footing the bill.

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