Illinois’ comeback story starts here.

Asset forfeiture in Illinois: What it is, where it happens, and reforms the state needs

Most people expect Illinois law enforcement to defend the private property of Illinois residents. As long as you obey the law, your life, liberty and property should be secure from the law – or so common sense would suggest. Yet, every year, Illinois law enforcement agencies take tens of millions of dollars in cash, vehicles,...

By Ben Ruddell, Bryant Jackson-Green

AFSCME turns to courts to delay Rauner contract, costing taxpayers millions

A judge in Cook County has issued a temporary restraining order halting a labor board decision that would allow the state to implement its contract with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees. The delay costs Illinois taxpayers over $1 million more each day in state-worker health coverage costs.

By Mailee Smith

LA Tan settles case under Illinois privacy law for $1.5M

L.A. Tan has settled a class action lawsuit in which plaintiffs alleged the company stored customers’ fingerprint data in violation of Illinois’ Biometric Information Privacy Act, or BIPA. Whether this settlement opens the gates to a flood of BIPA litigation remains to be seen.

By Amy Korte

Why all Illinoisans need action on workers’ comp

The cost of workers’ compensation for municipalities, counties and state government in Illinois is more than $400 million per year.

By Austin Berg

Veto session ends with almost no overrides, but lame duck looms in January

The failure of almost all potential veto overrides in 2016 is a victory for Illinois taxpayers.

By Heather Weiner

Rauner signs bill to give ex-offenders access to state-issued IDs

Senate Bill 3368 will ensure former inmates leaving Illinois’ prisons have state-issued identification, which will assist their re-entry into their communities and make it easier for them to apply for jobs or housing.

By Hilary Gowins

Addressing criminal justice through Adult Redeploy saved IL $76 million from 2011-2015

The state initiative has both saved taxpayer money and given offenders the opportunity to break the cycle of incarceration.

By Hilary Gowins

AFSCME promises to appeal after Illinois Labor Relations Board formalizes impasse ruling

A recent labor board decision means Gov. Bruce Rauner can start implementing his last contract offer to state workers. But the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees continues to obstruct progress toward a contract for state workers, vowing to appeal the labor board’s decision.

By Mailee Smith

7 public officials arrested in Metro East area on corruption charges

Corruption from several public officials in Metro East underscores the need for more government transparency in the area.

By Mindy Ruckman

Budget sloth

Illinois companies announce 650 mass layoffs in November

Employers in the Land of Lincoln announced 650 mass layoffs in November, according to the November edition of the Illinois Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification, or WARN, report. This report marks the first time since July 2015 that there wasn’t single mass-layoff announcement in the manufacturing sector. The types of jobs lost were spread across...

By Brendan Bakala

After court ruling, Chicago food trucks must fight on against protectionist city rules

In her Dec. 5 ruling, a Cook County Circuit Court judge said Chicago’s oppressive food truck regulations serve legitimate city interests. But evidence shows the only interests the rules protect are those of politically connected restaurant owners and politicians.

By Joe Kaiser

Property taxes mount on ‘Home Alone’ house

Real reform to help overtaxed Illinoisans – such as a property-tax cap and aggressive government consolidation – would be the gift that keeps giving the whole year round.

By Brendan Bakala