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.
The kids may have cleaned out the candy shop
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.
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.
Illinois’ growing pension costs – not the state budget gridlock – are taking away funding for essential government services, such as education.
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.
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.
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.