Illinois’ comeback story starts here.

Comptroller proposes ‘No Budget, No Pay’ bill for Illinois lawmakers

Illinois Comptroller Leslie Munger wants to tie politicians’ pay to a balanced budget.

By Austin Berg

Illinois has highest black unemployment rate in U.S., Texas has lowest

The Land of Lincoln’s job-killing policies are hurting minority communities increasingly hard, while black unemployment in pro-growth states remains significantly lower.

By Michael Lucci

Rauner signs occupational licensing reform into law

On Aug. 22, Gov. Bruce Rauner signed into law a bill that prevents the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation from using irrelevant criminal convictions as a basis for denying licenses to applicants seeking to work as barbers, cosmetologists, hair braiders, estheticians, nail technicians, roofing business owners or funeral directors.

By Bryant Jackson-Green

John Deere announces layoffs in Waterloo

Deere & Co. plans to lay off 115 manufacturing workers by late September.

By Brendan Bakala

Michigan surpasses 600,000 manufacturing jobs as Illinois manufacturing continues to decline

Manufacturers are struggling with unfavorable global conditions, and Illinois’ anti-growth policies are only hurting the state’s industrial sector more.

By Michael Lucci

Fulton mayor arrested for theft of city funds

Mayor Larry Russell was charged in Whiteside County on one count of stealing $764 from a city bank account.

By Illinois News Network

Illinois voters from all political parties favor reducing state prison population

A recent Illinois Policy Institute-commissioned poll finds 4 in 5 registered Illinois voters – including overwhelming majorities of Republicans, Independents and Democrats – support reforms to reduce the number of nonviolent offenders in prison.

By Bryant Jackson-Green

State Fair Butter Cow: Madigan

Illinois state workers have options if they wish to opt out of a union

Illinois state workers can opt out of union membership to become fair share payers, but reforms such as Right to Work and Worker’s Choice would promote greater worker freedom and benefit the state.

By Mailee Smith

Meet the mayor of the town that outsourced everything

An Atlanta, Ga., suburb might be a model for saving taxpayers costs while providing high-quality services.

By Joe Kaiser

Federal district court in Illinois dismisses biometric information privacy case against Smarte Carte

A federal district court in Illinois has determined the mere violation of the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act does not amount to an injury sufficient to allow a plaintiff to sue in federal court.

By Amy Korte

Unemployment rate drops as Illinois workforce shrinks by 33,600 during summer moving season

Manufacturing weakness driving Illinois unemployment up; dropout and out-migration driving unemployment down.

By Michael Lucci

Illinois workforce shrinks by 33,600 in July

Illinois’ preliminary jobs report shows the unemployment rate dropped to 5.8 percent in July due to large numbers of residents dropping out of the labor force for the third consecutive month.

By Brendan Bakala