Food trucks fight for the right to exist
City officials in Chicago and across the state are crushing a pillar of the culinary community. But food trucks are fighting back.
Why Illinoisans leave for Indiana: Elkhart, Ind. has 20,000 more jobs than workers
Policy reforms in Indiana have led to significant jobs growth, but lawmakers in the Land of Lincoln haven’t taken note.
Rich Miller on Madigan documentary
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Which Illinois county is most likely to lock you up?
Research shows Hardin, Macon and Marion Counties lead the state in prison admissions per 10,000 residents.
Amid political darkness, a bright spot in criminal justice reform
Pete Leonard has employed 35 ex-offenders since 2009 at Second Chance Coffee Company in Wheaton.
Injured Illinois workers take 50 percent more time off than peers in surrounding states
Illinois law gives financial incentives to many injured workers to stay off the job and to doctors to prescribe more medications to workers’ compensation patients.
August jobs report: Worst manufacturing month since Great Recession, unemployment falls due to workforce dropout
The August BLS jobs report shows Illinois is down 8,000 manufacturing jobs on the year, giving the state the worst manufacturing job losses in the region, and a summer workforce contraction totaling 100,000 people.
Illinois counties, cities should have the right to dissolve townships
Some steps have been taken to dissolve unnecessary units of governments, but taxpayers need an easier path to eliminate wasteful governmental bodies.
Michigan vs. Illinois: Manufacturing and out-migration
Years of job-killing policies in Illinois have pushed residents out of the state, while nearby Michigan has taken an alternate, pro-growth approach to turn it around.
Chicago State University president resigns with $600,000 in severance pay
The outgoing CSU president’s exorbitant severance package highlights the need to rein in Illinois universities’ high administrative costs.
Government jobs surpass manufacturing jobs by 175,000 in Illinois
Illinois stands out in the industrial Midwest for its skewed government-to-manufacturing-jobs ratio.
AFSCME to Illinois: Raise taxes to pay government workers more
AFSCME wants the state to hike taxes on Illinois residents to fund the union’s demands for salary and benefit increases.
Illinois voters support sealing for nonviolent offenses
A majority of Illinois voters surveyed in a recent poll back record sealing for nonviolent offenders. Here’s how policymakers should make this happen.