The years 2010 through 2019 will go down in Illinois history as a decade of public policy failure and economic decline. High fixed costs for pensions and government worker health care have prevented the state from balancing its budget in any year since 2001. Since the Great Recession in 2008, the state’s fiscal imbalance has...View Report
The pension crisis is worse than the state admits, and the state’s official projections cannot be trusted.
Hiding lobbyist payments led to a felony indictment in October against Lake Forest’s longtime former city manager. His plea bargain drops the felony and could eventually leave his record clean.
A proposal to limit red-light cameras in Illinois is making significant progress.
The speed limit was last raised to 70 mph in 2014.
Progressive income tax would essentially wipe out all 2019 employment gains in Illinois, and then some.
Eddie Johnson was fired before his scheduled retirement after he was found asleep behind the wheel. He blamed medication. Video showed him drinking.
Chicago and the state of Illinois are notorious around the country for high-profile corruption convictions. Rod Blagojevich settles back in after the former governor’s imprisonment for corruption.
Illinois could put $708 million more toward classrooms or property tax relief if it reduced school district bureaucracy to national average.
A recent proposal to ban Illinois retailers from selling gas-powered leaf blowers and penalize Illinoisans for using them would hurt small businesses.
Illinois’ Legislative Inspector General currently is subjected to political influence or even silencing by members of the General Assembly.