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Southwestern Illinois home to 340 pension millionaires

By Brad Weisenstein, Illinois Policy Institute | Jan 1, 2019

A former Edwardsville university administrator and a retired judge each have collected more than $3 million in pension payments. Too little paid in with too much taken out is the heart of Illinois’ pension crisis.

Worker freedom: More than 3,700 Illinois state workers stopped paying money to a union in 2018

By Vincent Caruso, Illinois Policy Institute | Dec 26, 2018

Of the more than 3,700 Illinois state workers who stopped sending part of every paycheck to a union, 2,800 stopped sending their money to AFSCME.

It's a Wonderful County!

By John J. Hopkins | Dec 21, 2018

... This time, he was filled not with despair, but hope. Hope born of the realization that despite all the negative publicity, it really was a Wonderful County, and the power to change the current course of events comes from within–within him and all who think alike.

Holiday shopping and the sales tax scrooge

By Austin Berg, Illinois Policy Institute | Dec 19, 2018

Illinois' current patchwork of sales tax exemptions, oftentimes carved out by special interests, makes for poor policy.

Rahm to Springfield: Gas tax need to at least double

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

Departing Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel accelerated calls to boost Illinois’ gas tax to pay for local transportation projects.

Happy Birthday: The solution that never was to Illinois' pension crisis

By Austin Berg, Illinois Policy Institute | Dec 12, 2018

Illinoisans should know lawmakers in the past made big moves to fix the state's worst-in-the-nation pension crisis. It’s politically possible. They just need a little reminder of our history.

Lawsuit abuse still a problem in Illinois

By John Pastuovic, Illinois Civil Justice League | Dec 10, 2018

The problems plaguing courtrooms throughout Illinois are well-documented. Our courts have seen ridiculous cases over having too many peanuts in a bag of mixed nuts or allegations of being “injured” by paying higher prices for products than their self-claimed worth.

Chicago to state lawmakers: ‘Seize the opportunity’ for gas tax hike

By Vincent Caruso, Illinois Policy Institute | Dec 5, 2018

Outgoing Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s administration is looking to make inroads on an increase in Illinois’ gas tax.

Madison County makes history with generous taxpayer support of museum

By Brad Weisenstein, Illinois Policy Institute | Dec 4, 2018

Most county historical societies in Illinois rely on donations and memberships, but the Madison County Historical Society receives a generous infusion of tax dollars to run its museum and library. County leaders just cut the total, but why do they provide taxpayer support at all?

Illinois Supreme Court defends inflated pensions for Chicago union leaders

By Adam Schuster, Illinois Policy Institute | Dec 4, 2018

Once again proving why the state must amend the Illinois Constitution’s pension clause, the court unanimously ruled in favor of a special perk that inflated union leader pensions to nearly three times the pension of the average worker.

Six facts Pritzker can’t ignore when negotiating AFSCME contract

By Ted Dabrowski and John Klingner, Wirepoints | Nov 27, 2018

Illinois Gov.-elect J.B. Pritzker says one of his first legislative priorities is to focus on things that will “lift up the standard of living” for Illinoisans by “putting dollars back in their pockets.”

More than 19,000 Illinois government retirees receive pensions over $100K

By Janelle Cammenga, Illinois Policy Institute | Nov 26, 2018

The average six-figure retiree contributed just over $160,000 toward their own pension over the course of their career.

As nation celebrates small businesses, Illinois politicians take them for granted

By Orphe Divounguy and Bryce Hill, Illinois Policy Institute | Nov 20, 2018

A history of tax hikes to prop up unsustainable spending makes Illinois a frosty climate for small businesses.

As Amazon passes on Illinois, business community asks why

By Greg Bishop, Illinois News Network | Nov 14, 2018

Despite offering over $1 billion in tax incentives and other perks to lure online retail giant Amazon, Illinois won’t get the company's $5 billion investment or thousands of high-paying jobs.

Gas tax hike may be around the corner for Gov.-elect JB Pritzker

By Austin Berg, Illinois Policy Institute | Nov 13, 2018

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is reportedly gunning for a transportation bill that could come with an increase in the gas tax.

Illinois’ richest governor, meet the nation’s most powerful state lawmaker

By Austin Berg, Illinois Policy Institute | Nov 12, 2018

Pritzker’s money could offer Madigan’s House members cover should they dare to go against the speaker.

Nearly 80 percent of Alton property tax levy consumed by pensions

By Vincent Caruso, Illinois Policy Institute | Nov 6, 2018

The share of Alton’s annual property tax levy going to pension payments has more than doubled over the past decade.

Pritzker’s progressive tax plan will hit the middle class

By Ted Dabrowski, Wirepoints | Oct 30, 2018

J.B. Pritzker has staked his run for governor on a progressive income tax, yet he won't say a word about his plan.

How to make an extra $3 billion, the Illinois way

By Austin Berg, Illinois Policy Institute | Oct 30, 2018

AFSCME – the largest government worker union in the state – may pull off one of the most insulting waiting games in state history. The payoff? More than $3 billion, courtesy of Illinois taxpayers.

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