Illinois’ comeback story starts here.

BLS jobs report shows weak economy in Illinois, recovery in neighboring states

Illinois saw a 0.23 percent increase in jobs in the first quarter of 2017, the third-worst growth rate in the region.

By Michael Lucci

Illinois lawmakers passed 938 bills that became law from 2015 to 2017 – just 3% had a price tag

Despite Illinois’ severe financial problems, less than 3 percent of bills passed by the 99th General Assembly and enacted into law have fiscal notes.

By Brendan Bakala

Chicago aldermen propose $33 per employee ‘head tax’ on city employers

At a time when businesses are fleeing the state, a group of Chicago aldermen are attempting to revive the employer’s expense tax to bail out Chicago Public Schools.

By Chris Lentino

Illinois lawn services tax

Illinois loses nearly 9,000 jobs on net in March; unemployment rate drops

Illinois lost jobs across several industries including construction, manufacturing, and professional and business services. The only employment category to see significant growth was leisure and hospitality.

By Michael Lucci

Work over prison: Illinois should expand record sealing

Research shows that recidivism rates drop for ex-offenders who are able to find steady employment.

By Hilary Gowins

What Noble charter teachers need to know before unionizing

A group of teachers in the Noble Network of Charter Schools are seeking union representation. Here’s what Noble teachers need to know before voting to unionize.

By Mailee Smith

McHenry County Board votes to cut tax levy by 10 percent

In a bipartisan effort to cut McHenry County’s local tax burden, the McHenry County Board voted overwhelmingly in favor of a pledge to cut the county tax levy by 10 percent. The board chairman has intimated he will pursue further local government consolidation efforts.

By Brendan Bakala

Illinois is losing its core income tax base

High-income earners provide the majority of Illinois’ income tax revenue, and IRS data show that Illinois is losing these taxpayers to out-migration.

By Madelyn Harwood

Central Illinois suffers while legislators take spring break

Illinois hasn’t had a budget in two years. And it’s been more than 15 years since the state had a balanced budget. But lawmakers – who are currently on a two-week spring break – continue to be paid.

By Eric Kohn

Mautino pleads the Fifth in campaign finance case

The gas the Mautino campaign claims to have purchased over 16 years would equate to more than 35,000 miles every year. The circumference of the earth is 24,901 miles.

By Greg Bishop

Construction season means high costs for Illinois taxpayers

Insurance premiums cost 20 percent of payroll for concrete construction workers in Illinois.

By Michael Lucci

Illinois’ pension funds invested in risky, alternative investments

Nearly 38 percent of Illinois Teachers Retirement System assets are in so-called alternative investments.

By Greg Bishop