The Policy Shop

A weekly podcast tackling Illinois' most important issues.

Ep. 38: The hidden tax: Why inflation is (still) soaring

Inflation is hitting record highs across the nation and higher prices are affecting everyone, everywhere in the country. In Illinois, we face unique challenges, such as multiple layers of taxation that already makes gas costlier than neighboring states. The result of a more expensive cost of living is that many Illinoisans have essentially experienced a...

Ep. 37: Love thy neighbor’s taxes

Other states across the country, including many of Illinois’ neighbors, have recently cut taxes, often permanently. But Illinois is going the opposite direction, hiking taxes on residents and businesses. Adam Schuster explains why how the state is stuck. Subscribe to the Policy Shop newsletter to learn more at: illin.is/newsletter Host: Hilary Gowins, Senior Vice President...

Ep. 36: The truth about voter suppression in Illinois

Voters in Illinois may have same-day voter registration and vote-by-mail options, but a form of voter suppression still plagues the state: roughly half of Illinoisans have no choice when it comes to who will represent them in the Statehouse. That’s set to change in 2022 with the most competitive election in 24 years. Adam Schuster...

Ep. 35: Why is tuition going up at Illinois universities?

Tuition at Illinois public universities has skyrocketed over the past 15 years, making college unaffordable for many families. Adam Schuster explains what’s causing this rise and what it means for future students. Host: Hilary Gowins, Vice President of Communications Guest: Adam Schuster, Vice President of Policy This edition of The Policy Shop is by Adam...

Ep. 34: So sue me: Amendment 1 lawsuit

The most important issue on the Nov. 8 general election ballot is something most Illinoisans haven’t heard about yet. As it stands right now, when voters head to the polls this fall, the very  first question on the ballot will ask if Illinois should amend its constitution to grant Illinois union leaders the most extreme...

Ep. 33: Regressive and worsening: The Chicago speed camera story

In 2021, Chicago issued more automatic speeding tickets than there were residents of the city. Why? The city’s reliance on nickel-and-dime revenue is pushing bad policy choices that unfairly burden low-income residents. Adam Schuster talks Chicago speed cameras and why these fines are so regressive in nature.

Ep. 32: End of session roundup

Illinois lawmakers pulled an all nighter to adjourn spring legislative session and pass a $46.5 billion budget by 6 a.m. on April 9. What did lawmakers accomplish? Adam Schuster joins the Policy Shop to talk through the line items. From stimulus checks for residents to mandatory signs touting gas tax relief, Illinois saw an election...

Ep. 31: The hot housing market

Subscribe to The Policy Shop podcast and Illinois Policy’s YouTube channel for an insider’s look at the latest in Springfield. This edition of The Policy Shop is brought to you by Chief Economist Orphe Divounguy. It’s spring, the most popular time of the year for buying a house. Homeownership is in demand and across the...