Illinois’ comeback story starts here.

84,000 Illinoisans moved to states with no income tax from 2011-2014

The Land of Lincoln lost almost 84,000 residents and over $6.5 billion in taxable income to the seven states without an income tax while Illinois’ 2011 income tax hike was in effect.

By Mindy Ruckman, Lea Thoele

Forgotten Illinois: Newton and the reality of America’s heartland

Like much of the rust belt, Newton, Ill. is facing difficult economic challenges. But the community continuously sticks together.

Illinois has higher property taxes than every state with no income tax

Despite taxing both sales and income, Illinois has higher property taxes than every single state that does not charge an income tax.

By Michael Lucci

Tax Hike Whack-a-Mole

Indiana personal income has grown twice as fast as Illinois’ over recession era

Hoosier homeowners keep more of their wages as a result of a statewide property tax cap and income tax cuts.

By Michael Lucci

What Illinois college students should know before meeting with Rauner, lawmakers

What’s making college unaffordable for Illinois students isn’t budget gridlock, it’s soaring administrative costs in higher education.

By Ted Dabrowski, John Klingner

Employers in DuPage and Cook counties reported 429 layoffs in January

Numbers from the January 2017 Illinois WARN report show most of the mass layoffs were in the service industry.

By Brendan Bakala

Civic Federation proposal hits Illinois taxpayers with $51 billion in tax hikes

The Civic Federation’s budget plan repeats old mistakes with multibillion-dollar tax hikes and no serious, structural reform.

By Ted Dabrowski, John Klingner

Education finance solutions

Making Illinois’ system fairer through pension reform, consolidation and accountability to parents and students.

By Ted Dabrowski, John Klingner

Why a fair, balanced budget takes political courage

Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle grow more and more powerful as the size of state and local government increases.

By Austin Berg

4 reasons Illinois can’t weather another tax increase

Lawmakers need to look at the state’s major spending drivers instead of increasing taxes, which will continue to drive more people out of the state.

By Michael Lucci

AFSCME’s contract demands: A close look at the $3B hit to taxpayers

Despite the fact that the average AFSCME worker makes over $100,000 a year in total compensation, the union has made health care, salary and benefit demands that are out of line with what Illinois taxpayers can afford and would aggravate the state’s financial crisis.

By Ted Dabrowski, John Klingner

Madigan’s millions: How the speaker sells his sway

The speaker’s law firm makes millions in the clout-heavy game of Cook County property tax appeals.

By Austin Berg