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Pence: Illinois’ 13 congressional district could make, or break, GOP majority

By Greg Bishop, Illinois News Network | Oct 15, 2018

There's a lot at stake in Illinois' 13th congressional district for Republicans and that's why Vice President Mike Pence said he made a stop in Springfield on Friday.

Six former library employees have taken home more than $1 million in pension benefits

By Austin Berg, Illinois Policy Institute | Oct 15, 2018

Large pension payouts in the face of flat incomes for taxpayers raise questions of fairness.

Illinois GOP looks to turn screws in Pritzker’s toilet 'scheme to defraud'

By Cole Lauterbach, Illinois News Network | Oct 14, 2018

Illinois Republicans are not going to let Democrat J.B. Pritzker’s troubles concerning a potentially illegal property tax break go away.

Janus v. AFSCME and the truth about pensions in one graphic

By Ted Dabrowski, Wirepoints | Oct 10, 2018

One graphic perfectly captures the absurdity of Illinois pensions over the past three decades.

Poll: High taxes No. 1 reason Illinoisans consider leaving state

By Joe Barnas, Illinois Policy Institute | Oct 3, 2018

Over half of survey respondents have considered leaving Illinois, citing dysfunctional government, disappointing job opportunities and – above all – high taxes.

AFSCME funnels union dues to Mike Madigan

By Mailee Smith, Illinois Policy Institute | Oct 2, 2018

State records show AFSCME Council 31 funnels membership dues into its political action committee, which just gave a record-breaking $767,800 donation to Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan.

Illinois’ economy shed 5,200 jobs in August, the first drop in 2018

By Orphe Divounguy, Bryce Hill, and Suman Chattopadhyay, Illinois Policy Institute | Sep 25, 2018

Illinois experienced net job losses in August, while the rest of the nation saw continued growth on average.

When taxes hit home(s)

By Austin Berg, Illinois News Network | Sep 25, 2018

Adan Villafranca never thought about buying a home.

Illinois residents will pay additional online sales tax starting Oct. 1

By Adam Schuster, Illinois Policy Institute | Sep 25, 2018

As a result of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in South Dakota v. Wayfair Inc., most online purchases in Illinois will now be subject to automatic collection of the state’s 6.25 percent use tax.

Illinois’ income growth second-worst in the nation

By Vincent Caruso, Illinois Policy Institute | Sep 19, 2018

Amid two record-breaking income tax hikes, growing property tax bills and population decline, the Land of Lincoln’s income growth is trailing the rest of the nation.

Is this the most toxic tax in Illinois politics?

By Austin Berg, Illinois Policy Institute | Sep 18, 2018

One wonders how many times an unpopular idea must be knocked down before it rises back from the dead. Especially when it means more money for the state. And especially in Illinois.

One of Illinois' top tax credit recipients to shutter 1,000-employee HQ

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

Illinois issued more than $60 million in EDGE tax credits to Takeda Pharmaceuticals from 2003 to 2013, more than any other company received over that time.

Moody’s: Illinois pension debt-to-revenue ratio hits all-time high for any state

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

According to a new report by Moody’s Investors Service, Illinois’ unfunded pension liabilities equaled 601 percent of state revenues in 2017, a U.S. record.

Who gets Madigan money and what it means for November

By Austin Berg, Illinois News Network | Aug 28, 2018

Pension reform is a moral imperative. The alternative is a future in which core services are cut, taxes are raised, and pensioners risk losing what they’ve already been promised as the funds go insolvent.

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.

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