Illinois’ comeback story starts here.

Illinois tax hike: This time it’s permanent

Illinois has lost 195,000 millennial college students since 2000

Illinois lost more millennial college students than any other state except New Jersey between 2000 and 2014, and Illinois’ loss of young people appears to be accelerating.

By Madelyn Harwood

Fact-checking BGA’s claims on ‘low-spending’ Illinois

While the Better Government Association has claimed Illinois’ budget contains no fat to trim, a deeper analysis reveals the state has many areas of expensive inefficiency to reform in state and local government costs, the Medicaid program and K-12 education.

By Ted Dabrowski, John Klingner

Illinois Senate Democrats pass $5.4B tax increase

Each Illinois household would pay an additional $1,125 in taxes each year, on average, under the Senate's tax-hike plan.

By Ted Dabrowski, John Klingner

State Rep. Ives’ Senate tax hike roadblock

7 Illinois properties rank among nation’s top 100 property tax bills

Though most of the top 100 property tax bills came from New York, the state with the second most entries was Illinois. The 13th highest bill in the country belonged to Exelon’s nuclear generating station in Byron, Illinois, totaling $36.5 million in 2016.

By Brendan Bakala

Illinois tax hikes

Akuna Capital received $4.5M tax credit for 10 jobs

In 2015, Chicago-headquartered Akuna Capital LLC received $4.5 million in EDGE tax credits for hiring 10 new employees over a two-year period. The new hires specialized in trading and software.

By Brendan Bakala

Illinois owes $3.5M in past-due utility bills

The state government owes the City Water, Light and Power of Springfield $3.5 million on past-due utility bills for state offices. The past-due utility bills are just one part of Illinois’ more than $14.3 billion bill backlog.

By Brendan Bakala

Illinois’ economic weakness results in nation’s highest black unemployment rate

Only 51 percent of black adults reported having some form of work in Illinois.

By Michael Lucci

Illinois State Senator Andy Manar jumps the shark

Illinois has the nation’s highest black unemployment rate

New Bureau of Labor Statistics data show Illinois’ black residents have an unemployment rate of 12.7 percent, more than double the state’s overall rate.

By Michael Lucci