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CPS files charges against CTU for 'illegal' strike

By Jeffrey Schwab | Apr 5, 2016

The union’s one-day strike is an illegal, aggressive political power play, and its attempt to coerce its members to participate violates its own constitution. Here’s a breakdown of the timeline, the law and the political statement the union is making

Illinois property taxes are crushing homeowners

By Austin Berg, Illinois Policy Institute | Apr 1, 2016

Since 1990, the average property-tax bill in Illinois has grown more than three times faster than the state's median household income.

Madigan's middle class: Pain for the many, perks for the few

By Ted Dabrowski and John Klingner, Illinois Policy Institute | Mar 28, 2016

Middle-class Illinoisans who aren’t employed by the government are suffering, but Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan stands in the way of solutions.

Rauner’s proposed bill would give the governor the ability to balance the state’s budget

By Jacob Huebert | Mar 22, 2016

In his recent budget proposal, Gov. Bruce Rauner asked the Illinois General Assembly to pass the Unbalanced Budget Response Act, a bill that would temporarily allow the governor to reduce certain state spending and transfer certain state funds to balance the budget.

Illinois now home to the highest sales tax in the Midwest

By Austin Berg, Illinois Policy Institute | Mar 15, 2016

Whether buying diapers, drills or dungarees, the average Illinoisan pays higher sales taxes than any other Midwesterner, according to a March 9 report released by the nonpartisan Tax Foundation.

11 things you need to know about Chicago teacher pensions

By Ted Dabrowski and John Klingner, Illinois Policy Institute | Mar 8, 2016

Pension holidays, steep increases in teachers' salaries, and lopsided ratios of teacher contributions to pension payouts have caused the Chicago Teachers’ Pension Fund’s unfunded liabilities to shoot up to $9 billion in 2015.

Air Force JAGs bring a wealth of experience to diverse practice of law

By Capt. Aaron Petty, 375th Air Mobility Wing Judge Advocate Office | Feb 29, 2016

One of the questions I am often asked as a military lawyer is, “What do you do exactly?” In short, it’s very similar to civilian law practice, but there are also substantial differences, some of which are not well known outside of the military community.

Government-worker pensions take away funding meant for students

By Ted Dabrowski, Illinois Policy Institute | Feb 29, 2016

Illinois’ growing pension costs – not the state budget gridlock – are taking away funding for essential government services, such as education.

State worker pensions, health care crowd out spending on education, public safety, human services

By Hilary Gowins, Illinois Policy Institute | Feb 23, 2016

Illinois state government now pays more for pensions and health care for state workers than it spends on K-12 education, public safety or human services, according to Gov. Bruce Rauner’s fiscal year 2017 budget book.

THEIR VIEW: Litigation tourism is bad for Illinois

By The Madison County Record | Jun 2, 2015

Illinois has a nationwide reputation as a prime destination for “litigation tourists.” Each year, people without a meaningful connection to Illinois flock to the state to file lawsuits in the hope of a big payout.

THEIR VIEW: Lawsuit reforms proposed by Governor Rauner will create jobs in Illinois

By The Madison County Record | Jun 2, 2015

Governor Bruce Rauner’s call for reasonable lawsuit reforms represents a vital step in an economic comeback in Illinois. The time for lawsuit reform is long overdue.

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