Illinois’ comeback story starts here.

Illinois Senate budget plan includes $5 billion in tax hikes, $7 billion in borrowing

The new budget plan coming out of the Illinois Senate does little to nothing to reform the state’s reckless spending and financial mismanagement, but does plenty to hurt state taxpayers.

By Ted Dabrowski, John Klingner

Nippon Sharyo announces 100 layoffs, despite $10 million in state subsidies and tax credits

Nippon Sharyo points to prototype difficulties and unspecified business concerns as the main reasons behind the layoffs.

By Brendan Bakala

AFSCME strike vote is an insult to middle-class Illinoisans

Illinois’ state workers are the highest-paid in the nation when adjusting for cost of living.

By Austin Berg

Illinois Senate proposes statewide tax on soda

Running out of ideas, the Illinois Senate takes aim at poor people to fund record-high state spending.

By Brendan Bakala

Here’s why Moody’s is warning of an Illinois death spiral

Moody’s warns that Illinois’ weak economic growth and population loss are credit negative and that the state may be entering a financial death spiral.

By Michael Lucci

Illinois edges toward recession, politicians propose multibillion-dollar tax hike

Despite declining tax revenues and warning signs of a possible recession, Illinois lawmakers in Springfield are mulling tax hikes.

By Ted Dabrowski, John Klingner

Chervon North America to move headquarters to Illinois

The company plans on moving its white-collar workforce to Naperville, while keeping its manufacturing plant in Michigan.

By Brendan Bakala

Definition of Insanity

Lawmaker proposes statewide ‘zombie preparedness month’

In one of the first proposals of the new General Assembly, state Rep. Chris Welch, D-Westchester, proposed making October 2017 “zombie preparedness month.”

By Joe Kaiser

Calumet City aldermen and state representative Thaddeus Jones accused of exploiting campaign funds

The Illinois State Board of Elections is accusing state Rep. Thaddeus Jones, who is now running for mayor of Calumet City, of misusing thousands of dollars of campaign funds.

By Brendan Bakala

Madigan’s Fantasy Island

AFSCME uses fake ‘compromise’ to set stage for state worker strike

AFSCME – the state’s largest government-worker union – spent two years pushing for contract provisions that would cost state taxpayers billions. Now that the union has lost before the state labor board, it has issued a “framework” for compromise. But that “framework” is merely a publicity stunt to make the union appear reasonable while union leaders threaten a strike to obtain contract provisions that burden state taxpayers.

By Mailee Smith

Illinois Senate passes term limits for legislative leaders

The Senate on Inauguration Day took action to limit the power of its legislative leaders. Meanwhile, House Democrats re-elected Mike Madigan as House speaker, ensuring he will become the longest-tenured legislative leader in modern American history.

By Austin Berg