While every state around it continues to grow in population and prosperity, Illinois keeps shrinking under the strain of higher taxes and more regulations, Michael Lucci, vice president of policy for the Illinois Policy Institute, said in an article on the institute's website.
Public sector employees and retirees could accept less than their constitutionally protected pensions if they understand it's them or public education, an economist said during an appearance on a recent Chicago-based radio show.
Southeast Illinois area Democrat in the House Brandon Phelps (D-Harrisburg) recently received a letter from the Illinois Republican Party, drawing his attention to the permanent property tax freeze he voted for in January and calling for action on property tax relief now.
Officials in Springfield and around the country are talking about a “pension cliff” and trying to determine what will happen as large numbers of educators become fully vested in school district pension benefit systems.
Democratic state lawmakers showed their true colors in May when they demanded an investigation into an article about apparently doomed school funding reform legislation, a radio show co-host said recently.
Illinois’ average personal income growth since the Great Recession is tied with Nevada for the worst in the country, according to data from Pew Charitable Trusts recently published on the Illinois Policy Institute website.
Sen. Dale Righter (R-Mattoon) described Gov. Bruce Rauner’s decision to call lawmakers back to Springfield for 10 straight days of banging out a budget deal "the right thing to do," according to a press release.
U.S. Rep. John Shimkus (R-IL) cheered the recent passage of the Veterans Affairs (VA) Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act of 2017, which is now headed to President Donald Trump, who is expected to sign it into law.