Illinois lawmakers have officially adopted a budget for fiscal year 2019. The 1,245-page bill was made public less than five hours before state senators cast their votes and exceeds realistic revenue projections by as much as $1.5 billion. While closer to balanced than many Illinois budgets, the spending plan fails to enact meaningful reforms to...View Report
Illinois’ jobs situation improved in May, but the state needs long-term solutions such as a spending cap to get on a path to fiscal health and assure investors more tax hikes are not on the horizon.
The state’s fiscal year 2019 budget is out of balance by as much as $1.5 billion.
Nearly 600 bills are on their way to the governor, some of which would be encouraging changes to the status quo.
House Bill 4237 seeks to get around Congress’ limitation of a federal deduction that benefits high-tax states, but residents would be better served by efforts to directly reduce state and local taxes in Illinois.
Two McHenry County highway commissioners hired each other’s sons to township government positions in 2017. Despite concerns of nepotism, these practices are not uncommon in township government.
The mayor’s proposed 2 percent fee would punish short-term rental customers and providers.
Illinoisans shouldn’t have to wait for yet another humiliating scandal to fix what’s wrong here: Politicians should have no place in policing their own oversight.
Despite political differences between Chicago and much of the rest of the Land of Lincoln, making Chicago its own state is not a serious idea or good use of time.
Michigan nixed a law mandating inflated wages for public construction projects. The Prairie State should follow suit.
Illinois’ pension laws are forcing the city of Harvey to pay its creditors through short-term negotiated agreements just to meet payroll.