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Tax Freedom Day - just kidding

By Bryce Hill, Illinois Policy Institute | Apr 18, 2018

Federal income tax filings are due today. But while federal income taxes may make up the largest share of taxes the typical resident pays to the government, Illinoisans won’t find themselves free from the enormous burden of state and local taxes.

The insanity in Harvey, Illinois

By Ted Dabrowski, Wirepoints | Apr 17, 2018

It’s happening. We've written about this before. It’s not one big blowup like the subprime crisis, but it is happening, and Harvey is part of it.

Taxpayer victory: Progressive tax effectively dead this legislative session

By Chris Lentino, Illinois Policy Institute | Apr 11, 2018

Fifty lawmakers are taking a pledge to fight a progressive income tax in Illinois, denying progressive tax proponents the support needed to put a constitutional amendment on the ballot.

The ‘friendly’ tax hike taking shape in Springfield

By Austin Berg, Illinois News Network | Apr 10, 2018

In election season, some Illinois politicians are looking for ways to promise more revenue without inciting the rage of voters, who just saw the largest permanent income tax hike in state history last summer.

Former East St. Louis township officials diverted nearly $1M in youth program funds

By Vincent Caruso, Illinois Policy Institute | Apr 3, 2018

Two township administrators took state grant funds intended for a summer youth program to cover up for illegal credit card purchases.

Civic Federation: State 'lost' billions in revenue by foregoing taxes on retirement income

By Cole Lauterbach, Illinois News Network | Apr 3, 2018

A Chicago think tank says Illinois is losing out on billions of dollars in revenue by not taxing retirement income.

Progressive tax proposal would mean as much as a $600 tax hike for typical Metro East family

By Joe Kaiser, Illinois Policy Institute | Apr 3, 2018

Though some politicians claim a progressive income tax would only affect the rich, rates established under House Bill 3522 would raise income taxes on middle-class families.

Outmigration fuels Madison, St. Clair County population dips in 2017

By Joe Kaiser, Illinois Policy Institute | Mar 27, 2018

Madison and St. Clair counties both saw their populations decline from July 2016 to July 2017, thanks to outmigration – a problem the counties have been dealing with for years.

Illinois February jobs growth driven by surging local government payrolls

By Orphe Divounguy and Bryce Hill, Illinois Policy Institute | Mar 27, 2018

While Illinois outperformed the nation in terms of monthly employment growth for the first time since September 2017, Illinois payrolls have only increased half as fast as the rest of the nation in the past year.

Study: Illinois home to highest overall tax burden in the nation

By Vincent Caruso, Illinois Policy Institute | Mar 21, 2018

A recent study confirms what too many Illinoisans have discovered firsthand: that they’re among the most overburdened taxpayers in the country.

Your office March Madness pool is illegal, but these bills could change that

By Vincent Caruso, Illinois Policy Institute | Mar 21, 2018

The illicit practice of gambling on sports in Illinois is enormously popular – and that might help spur change.

Progressive tax proponents display magical thinking

By Vincent Caruso, Illinois Policy Institute | Mar 21, 2018

Advocates for a progressive income tax claim to offer relief for middle-class families. But that doesn’t jive with real proposals in Springfield or lawmakers’ spending habits.

Collinsville, Granite City sales taxes would rival Chicago's under tax hike referendum

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

Madison County voters have twice turned down a proposed sales-tax hike to fund school facilities projects, but the proposal will appear again on March primary ballots. If approved, shoppers in Collinsville and Granite City would see some of the highest sales tax rates in the country.

Champaign County breaks promise on sales tax hike

By Shawn Tonge, Illinois Policy Institute | Mar 9, 2018

Property taxes for school districts in Champaign County have risen substantially, despite property-tax relief promises made regarding the County School Facility Sales Tax enacted in 2009. And there’s reason to believe districts across the state might suffer the same fate.

Yes, Speaker Madigan, you have a culture problem

By Austin Berg, Illinois News Network | Mar 2, 2018

In a hastily arranged press conference Tuesday, House Speaker Mike Madigan laid out nine more instances of sexual harassment his office has overseen in the past five years, with more potentially excluded.

Gubernatorial candidates hurling insults instead of addressing 10 trends driving Illinois towards insolvency

By Ted Dabrowski, Wirepoints | Mar 2, 2018

With Illinois’ decline in full display for the nation to see, proposals for fiscal and spending reforms should dominate the campaign and political landscape. After all, virtually every budget and economic trend in Illinois is pointing towards insolvency sometime in the near future.

Illinois spends more on education, but outcomes lag

By Bryce Hill and Joe Tabor, Illinois Policy Institute | Feb 27, 2018

Misplaced priorities in Illinois' education system may be the reason students are less prepared for college than peers in other states.

Meet the Illinoisan at the center of a historic Supreme Court case

By Austin Berg, Illinois News Network | Feb 23, 2018

Mark Janus learned about public service from a young age, growing up as a Boy Scout in Springfield. He eventually became an Eagle Scout. And he’s passed along his knowledge to young men and women from the state’s capital while leading scouting trips to Florida.

The most misleading myths in Illinois politics

By Austin Berg, Illinois News Network | Feb 20, 2018

It’s no secret there’s a lot wrong with Illinois. Abraham Lincoln’s birthday, Feb. 12, is an annual reminder of how far the state has drifted away from the virtues of its most illustrious lawmaker.

Madigan says he won't resign in wake of staffer sexual harassment scandal

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

Speaker Michael Madigan says he has no plans to resign in the wake of allegations his political operation slow-walked an investigation of a staffer alleging sexual harassment by a supervisor.

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