Illinois is the second-most corrupt state in the nation, according to the University of Illinois-Chicago. And corruption costs the state economy at least $550 million per year. But the size and scope of government corruption is nothing new for Illinoisans. What is new? Powerful Illinois lawmakers, Chicago aldermen, local mayors and business interests are involved...View Report
The governor’s office issued a concerning response to a simple request for the numbers backing up his “fair tax” proposal.
The court’s ruling strengthens Illinois’ Freedom of Information Act, a crucial tool in holding government officials accountable.
A post-mortem on Illinois’ 2017 regular legislative session shows missed opportunities for taxpayer savings.
According to a ruling from Illinois’ attorney general, government employees cannot conceal work-related communication on private email, despite the Chicago Police Department’s arguments for it.
Governments and government agencies should adopt policies that prohibit officials from using their personal email addresses to conduct government business.
While the Freedom of Information Act is abundantly clear, secrecy-obsessed bureaucrats often claim exemption.
HB 3796 would hamstring watchdogs in a state riddled with corruption. Lawmakers should let Quinn’s veto stand.
Over the course of the summer, the Illinois Policy Institute has been attempting to assess how many teachers have made use of their Hudson rights – their legal right to prevent their dues from being used for union politics – and how well Hudson rights are understood in Illinois public schools. Do teachers even know...
The Illinois General Assembly recently sent a bill to Gov. Pat Quinn that would make it much harder and more expensive for citizens to fight public corruption through the Freedom of Information Act, or FOIA. The governor did not sign this bill – and that’s good news for Illinoisans. Illinois is already ranked as the...