Illinois’ comeback story starts here.

Derrick Crenshaw

Derrick Crenshaw

"In my mind a union’s purpose is to negotiate salaries and curriculum, yet my union neglected the students’ best interests."

John L. Hasten

John L. Hasten

“It is the politicians who created the pension problem along with the teacher union bosses.”

Everything you need to know about Illinois unemployment

Everything you need to know about Illinois unemployment

The Illinois Department of Employment Security was ill-prepared to handle record numbers of unemployed workers when the COVID-19 pandemic hit, was slow to distribute federal help, exposed Illinoisans' private information, then lefts thousands on hold awaiting answers. Here's the latest.

By Brad Weisenstein

Illinois infrastructure ranks high, but state finances pose big threat

Illinois infrastructure ranks high, but state finances pose big threat

With an abundance of freight lines and roadways, along with a reliable power grid, Illinois placed No. 1 in the U.S. for infrastructure. But state finances are a threat, and political pork needs to give way to projects that move the most people and goods.

By Noah Shaar