Illinois’ comeback story starts here.

Illinois universities charge high price for perverse priorities

More than 50 percent of the state’s $4.1 billion budget for public universities is spent on retirement costs alone.

By Austin Berg

Illinois politicians vote to divert $300M from state coffers to fuel local spending

Despite Illinois’ billions in deficit spending and skyrocketing debt, the Illinois House of Representatives passed House Bill 278, which would transfer an additional $300 million per year of state income tax funds to local governments, continuing to prop up local overspending that fuels high property taxes.

By Amy Korte

Bank bailout

Picking the bones of Illinois taxpayers

Jim Work

“I’m a case study in who you don’t want leaving the state. “I grew up in Wheaton and went to college for accounting at NIU, but I was working in construction the whole time. It was so much better than the typical minimum wage job you get to pay for tuition. You could work outside,...

Comptroller halts funding for state IT modernization program

Illinois Comptroller Susana Mendoza is suspending funding for a technology initiative Gov. Bruce Rauner has said would save taxpayer money and promote efficiency, data security and transparency in state government.

By Joe Kaiser

Illinois has highest overall tax burden in the nation

A new report from WalletHub finds Illinois’ combined state and local tax burden is higher than that of every other state and the District of Columbia.

By Brendan Bakala

Fact-checking Rahm: Students have been leaving Illinois for at least 15 years

Uncertainty about skyrocketing tuition costs, rising taxes, and other factors are the likeliest culprits of Illinois’ student out-migration crisis.

By Madelyn Harwood

Michigan has reversed the flow of interstate migration with Illinois

Illinois used to gain net population from Michigan, but data for recent years indicate that Michigan now gains more residents on net from Illinois.

By Madelyn Harwood

January jobs growth weak, Illinois labor force in 10-year decline

Newly released Illinois jobs report points to anemic jobs growth and a contracting labor force.

By Michael Lucci

Illinois pension debt

Unpaid sick leave will cost taxpayers $3.4 billion over the next three decades

Top school district superintendents have used the sick-leave perk to boost their pensions by $350,000 or more over the course of their retirements.

By Ted Dabrowski, John Klingner

AFSCME’s battle with Rauner is far from over

An Illinois appellate court ruled in favor of AFSCME March 1, but that isn’t the end of the court battle between the state and its largest government-worker union. The court’s order to prevent the governor from implementing his contract offer is temporary, and there is much more to come.

By Mailee Smith