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For Speaker Madigan, when do drips become a flood?

By Austin Berg, Illinois Policy Institute | Jun 11, 2018

A few brave souls have come forward with their stories about the behavior under Madigan’s dome. But how many still feel powerless?

Belleville school districts are ripe for consolidation

By Vincent Caruso, Illinois Policy Institute | Jun 7, 2018

Illinois has more units of local government than any other state in the country, many of which are duplicative and overlapping. In Belleville, where the majority of the city’s school districts cover fewer students than the state average, consolidation efforts could boost efficiency while saving taxpayer dollars.

A budget for lawmakers, not Illinoisans

By Ted Dabrowski, Wirepoints | Jun 1, 2018

Earlier this week, Wirepoints warned that the eerie silence in Springfield augured bad news for Illinoisans. Sadly, we were right.

Real lawyers know how to ask for help

By Allison L. Wood | Jun 1, 2018

When we read about lawyers being sanctioned by the ARDC, we never think that we would do the things they did. Since we think we are honest and ethical, it is easy to believe that the lawyers who get sanctioned must be dishonest and unethical.

No fight over the budget is bad for Illinoisans

By Ted Dabrowski, Wirepoints | May 30, 2018

Illinois media is widely reporting that no news on Illinois’ budget negotiations is good news – that a quiet battleground in the statehouse means all is well. Especially after a nasty near three year impasse between Gov. Bruce Rauner and House Speaker Mike Madigan.

In a shrinking state, Census sheds light on struggling cities

By Austin Berg, Illinois News Network | May 29, 2018

Rich Roth didn’t think his story would go viral. But a Facebook post with his photo and a quote from the longtime Clinton, Illinois, resident has reached more than 800,000 people since May 21, with more than 10,000 reactions and 8,000 shares.

Illinois Supreme Court ruling a victory for government transparency

By Jeffrey Schwab, Liberty Justice Center | May 29, 2018

The court’s ruling strengthens Illinois’ Freedom of Information Act, a crucial tool in holding government officials accountable.

Who does Illinois’ Civic Federation really champion?

By Ted Dabrowski, Wirepoints | May 22, 2018

Glance at the list of the Civic Federation’s Trustees and you’ll see a collection of Illinois corporate titans. Many of the 16 men and one woman are CEOs, heads of private equity, chairs of boards, investors or hugely successful entrepreneurs.

Get your act together, Springfield

By State Sen. Kyle McCarter (R-Lebanon) | May 21, 2018

As the scheduled end of the spring legislative session nears, Illinois government is without its most important tool to manage the taxpayers’ money and provide the services needed for our most vulnerable citizens: the budget.

Lawmakers still have time to pass lawsuit reform

By Travis Akin, Illinois Lawsuit Abuse Watch | May 14, 2018

Illinois stands alone in the Midwest, stubbornly clinging to the tired, arcane economic policies that are driving droves and droves of people out of the Land of Lincoln.

Lawmakers to homeowners: 'You'll get nothing and like it'

By Austin Berg, Illinois Policy Institute | May 14, 2018

In a matter of hours, Illinoisans saw bipartisan opposition to property tax relief and bipartisan support for higher property taxes.

Southern Illinois mayor says cities across the state face insolvency from pension debt

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

The Metro East city of Alton is growing. Businesses are expanding or buying new locations. The local hospital is expanding. Alton has been selected as the site for a new reality show that will invest in small businesses there.

How to mislead Illinoisans into accepting higher taxes

By Orphe Divounguy, Bryce Hill and Joe Tabor, Illinois Policy Institute | May 8, 2018

A new report would have Illinoisans believe that a progressive income tax means tax cuts and economic growth. Illinois lawmakers’ tax-and-spend tendencies and evidence from all 50 states say otherwise.

Marketing in good times versus bad times

By Jim Grandone | May 7, 2018

According to government statistics, the economy is humming along at a good pace. Unemployment is near record lows and companies are experiencing market highs. Everything is good. So, why would a law firm want to start a marketing effort now?

Progressive tax battle pits taxpayers against Madigan

By Austin Berg, Illinois News Network | May 7, 2018

It was no small feat that House Republicans stood their ground against a progressive income tax in April.

East St. Louis police and fire pension fund crises risk state intervention

By Brendan Bakala, Illinois Policy Institute | May 4, 2018

East St. Louis’ police and fire pension funds experienced large funding shortfalls in 2016, putting the city at risk of revenue garnishment from the state comptroller’s office.

The bipartisan bullies of township government

By Austin Berg, Illinois News Network | Apr 30, 2018

A great deal of what’s wrong in Illinois government can be explained by a socioeconomic theory called “concentrated benefits and diffuse costs.”

Report: Metro-East property tax rates nearly double national average

By Joe Kaiser, Illinois Policy Institute | Apr 24, 2018

Both Madison and St. Clair County taxpayers paid a higher effective tax rate than the national average in 2017, a year which also saw continued outmigration from the region.

Madigan re-elected Chairman of Illinois Democratic Party

By Austin Berg, Illinois Policy Institute | Apr 24, 2018

The longtime House speaker is the only state legislative leader in the nation to also serve as a party chairman.

Harvey: Canary in the collapsing Illinois coal mine

By Matt Besler, Illinois Opportunity Project | Apr 19, 2018

Your job, your pension, or your home. This is the choice left to several families in Harvey, Illinois. They can’t have all three and some don’t even have the choice of one.

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