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Chicago only major U.S. city to lose population from 2015 to 2016

While major headlines broke over news that Chicago was the only one of America’s largest 20 cities to shrink from July 2015 to July 2016, most of Illinois’ other cities with 50,000 people or more also lost population.

By Michael Lucci

College students were fleeing Illinois long before the budget impasse

Illinois lost 195,000 more college-bound students than it gained from 2000-2014.

By Michael Lucci

Veterans courts heal scars we can’t see

This Memorial Day, we honor those who have fallen. Let’s not forget to extend a hand up to those who remain.

By Austin Berg

Despite the pain of a two-year budget impasse, less than one-third of Illinoisans support raising taxes

Poll results indicate that likely Illinois voters will be unforgiving of candidates for governor or the General Assembly who raise the state income tax or sales tax.

By Diana Rickert

Rosemont to build Chicagoland’s 5th taxpayer-funded minor league baseball stadium

The village of Rosemont is moving forward on a $60 million taxpayer-funded minor league baseball stadium.

By Joe Kaiser

Illinois tax hike: This time it’s permanent

Illinois has lost 195,000 millennial college students since 2000

Illinois lost more millennial college students than any other state except New Jersey between 2000 and 2014, and Illinois’ loss of young people appears to be accelerating.

By Madelyn Harwood

Fact-checking BGA’s claims on ‘low-spending’ Illinois

While the Better Government Association has claimed Illinois’ budget contains no fat to trim, a deeper analysis reveals the state has many areas of expensive inefficiency to reform in state and local government costs, the Medicaid program and K-12 education.

By Ted Dabrowski, John Klingner

Illinois Senate Democrats pass $5.4B tax increase

Each Illinois household would pay an additional $1,125 in taxes each year, on average, under the Senate's tax-hike plan.

By Ted Dabrowski, John Klingner

State Rep. Ives’ Senate tax hike roadblock

7 Illinois properties rank among nation’s top 100 property tax bills

Though most of the top 100 property tax bills came from New York, the state with the second most entries was Illinois. The 13th highest bill in the country belonged to Exelon’s nuclear generating station in Byron, Illinois, totaling $36.5 million in 2016.

By Brendan Bakala