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Illinois retiree: Amendment 1 could cost me my home

Illinois retiree: Amendment 1 could cost me my home

Voters decide Nov. 8 whether to pass Amendment 1 – a hidden tax hike that could cost Illinois taxpayers, including fixed-income retirees, their homes and put homeownership farther out of reach for young families.

By Ann Miller

‘Workers’ Rights Amendment’ website ignores tax hike

‘Workers’ Rights Amendment’ website ignores tax hike

The government union-backed website claims Amendment 1 would put more money in the pockets of working Illinoisans, but the change could only benefit the 7% who are government employees. All families would pay $2,149 more in property taxes.

By Patrick Andriesen

Ep. 48: The housing market goes bust

Ep. 48: The housing market goes bust

After a few years of homes flying off the market, signs are indicating the market is starting to cool. Is a housing bubble going to burst? Bryce Hill joins the Policy Shop to discuss what’s going on in Illinois’ housing world, how prices fair today and what to expect next. This week’s Policy Shop is...

Chicago Teachers Union fights to weaken Chicago charter schools

Chicago Teachers Union fights to weaken Chicago charter schools

Many Chicago charter school bargaining agreements are expiring this summer, and the Chicago Teachers Union is positioning itself to grow its power by diminishing charter schools as an alternative for parents and students.

By Hannah Max

Majority of IFT spending goes to Chicago

Majority of IFT spending goes to Chicago

The Illinois Federation of Teachers in 2021 spent 190 times more on Chicago-area teachers than it did on teachers south of Interstate 80. That could be why IFT membership has shrunk nearly 18% since 2017.

By Mailee Smith

NEA dues rise, spending on teachers drops for 6 straight years

NEA dues rise, spending on teachers drops for 6 straight years

Federal documents filed by the National Education Association show just 5% of its total spending was on representing members in 2021. NEA and its state affiliate – the Illinois Education Association – prioritized leadership salaries and politics over teachers.

By Mailee Smith