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Food-stamp enrollment outpaces population growth in Illinois

Participation in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program has increased more than six times the rate population has grown over the last five years.

By Mindy Ruckman

BLS September jobs report: Illinois has only shrinking labor force of all surrounding states

New data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics show Illinois’ professional and business services sector has fared better than the state’s manufacturing industry, which recorded 800 job losses in September.

By Michael Lucci

Damage from Edgar ramp obscured by dotcom boom

Former Gov. Jim Edgar’s pension compromise with House Speaker Mike Madigan in the 1990s set the state’s pension funds down an unsustainable road.

By John Klingner

Executive order equips Illinoisans to take on red tape

Gov. Bruce Rauner has ordered executive agencies to review all their regulations for necessity, clarity and statutory authority and to mark for repeal or revision rules that don’t meet those criteria.

By Madelyn Harwood

Colbert Packaging moves division to Wisconsin from Illinois

Division president cites Wisconsin’s favorable business environment as chief reason for move.

By Brendan Bakala

Chicago to propose restrictive licensing for pharmaceutical reps

A proposal to license pharmaceutical reps amounts to costly fees and red tape that will do little to promote public health and safety.

By Madelyn Harwood

Illinois: Plenty of pumpkins, not enough people

Illinois ranks as the top pumpkin producer in the country, which isn’t much of a consolation given the state’s poor performance in almost every economic category.

By Joe Kaiser

The cost of crossing Madigan

Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan’s election to the speaker position in 16 of the last 17 legislative sessions is a testament to the loyalty he demands from his Democratic colleagues.

By Eric Kohn

How Madigan left the Cubs in the dark

Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan’s grip on the state’s legislative process once delayed the Cubs’ quest for lights at Wrigley Field – and 30 years later, the Cubs are still feuding with politicians.

By Joe Kaiser

September jobs report: Manufacturing jobs down, white-collar jobs up; workforce dropout continues overall

The divergence between professional and blue-collar work continued in September, and a shrinking workforce coincided with steady seasonal out-migration.

By Michael Lucci

Poll shows Illinoisans support both unions and Right to Work principles

A new Paul Simon Public Policy Institute poll reveals that nearly half of Illinoisans support Right-to-Work laws – but that more education on worker freedom is needed.

By Mailee Smith

U-Haul rental rates reflect Illinois’ out-migration crisis

Chicagoans’ strong demand for one-way moves to Houston, Texas, and to Naples, Fla., is driving up moving-truck rental costs.

By Madelyn Harwood

Average Metropolitan Water Reclamation District employee makes nearly $100K per year

Government employees responsible for managing water quality are earning six-figure salaries, despite a recent history of slacking on taxpayers’ time.

By Mindy Ruckman