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

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

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

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

Madigan makes history while Illinois’ middle class races toward extinction

At the end of his term in 2019, Madigan will be the longest-serving House speaker of any state in modern U.S. history.

By Austin Berg

Madigan’s economic agenda is not aggressive and it’s not reform

The newly re-elected House speaker is pushing a new tax on businesses, an increase to the minimum wage and more spending, while doing nothing to address salient problems such as workers’ compensation and pension debt.

By Michael Lucci

Madigan’s minions

Illinois’ 2015-2016 out-migration problem is much more dire than in other Midwestern states

Half of Midwest out-migration losses are coming from Illinois, making it the only shrinking state in the region.

By Michael Lucci

Naperville and Lisle townships to vote on consolidating road districts

Voters in Naperville and Lisle townships will have the chance to vote on government consolidation after the success of a similar referendum in the November elections.

By Mindy Ruckman

Madigan set to become longest-serving House speaker in modern U.S. history

Chicago Democrat Mike Madigan will hold the speakership for a record 17th time.

By Austin Berg