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,...
Ex-offenders less likely to quit their jobs, no more likely to be fired than other employees
Although a new study by Northwestern University researchers shows ex-offenders can make good hires, obstacles such as negligent-hiring liability hinder employers willing to give ex-offenders a chance.
Illinois lawmakers are suing the state for their paychecks
A group of state representatives has filed a lawsuit against Illinois Comptroller Leslie Munger.
Illinois House fails to override bill tying prevailing wage to union rates
The proposed legislation would have hiked costs for taxpayers and undermined market forces, all to benefit special interests.
Reps. Franks and McSweeney look to tackle lame-duck tax hikes
Lame-duck session allows lawmakers already ousted by voters to act with reckless abandon before leaving the Statehouse.
Rauner vetoes state bailout of CPS pensions
Gov. Bruce Rauner vetoed the $215 million bailout of Chicago Public Schools’ ailing teachers’ pension fund.
Illinois legislators pitch proposals to stop lame-duck tax hikes
Illinois needs structural reforms to fix its fiscal problems, not a tax hike by lawmakers on their way out the door.
Madigan spokesman, trial bar peddle myths about workers’ comp
Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan’s spokesman, Steve Brown, has repeatedly implied that Illinois insurance companies are hoarding cost savings. However, this couldn't be happening unless insurance companies were colluding in violation of anti-trust laws, and there's no evidence they are. Illinois trial lawyers have echoed Brown's sentiments, but they don't seem to see evidence of anti-trust violations either given that they haven't brought lawsuits against insurance companies for violating federal anti-trust law.
AFSCME skirts legal requirements to file lawsuit against Illinois in union-friendly court
AFSCME’s most recent ploy is a clear demonstration of its discard for the labor process. The union isn’t interested in fair negotiations and outcomes – it is only interested in skewing the process to serve its own goals.
Cards Against Humanity’s ‘Holiday Hole’ is the perfect metaphor for Illinois
Unlike the people who voluntarily have given tens of thousands of dollars toward Cards Against Humanity's Black Friday hole-digging gag, Illinois taxpayers are forced to pour money into the state's ever-growing budget and pension gaps.
McDonald’s counters Fight for $15 with automation nationwide
Calls for a minimum-wage hike nationwide and in Illinois are increasingly met with businesses’ use of technology to cut costs.
Madigan nears title of longest-serving House speaker in U.S. history
Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan told reporters he has “overwhelming support” to be re-elected to his longtime post come January. Another two-year term would bring his total tenure as speaker of the House to 34 years.