The 2011 tax hikes cost the state economy $55.8 billion in real GDP from 2012-2016.View Report
With statewide elections in November, the 2018 forecast calls for gridlock.
Illinois lawmakers passed hundreds of bills in 2017, but enacted no real reforms to boost the state’s economy, rein in the cost of government or provide relief to taxpayers.
Thirty-three state representatives and senators will not be returning in the next General Assembly in 2019.
While 2017 was a bad year for Illinois taxpayers, there are bright spots among the bills that passed the General Assembly.
The uncomfortable truth is that no matter how many hands they shake, most General Assembly members aren’t really friendly to small businesses.
The Land of Lincoln received the lowest possible grade in budget forecasting and legacy costs.
Springfield won’t let millions in unpaid utility bills get in the way of nonessential spending.
Bad actors in Springfield continue to be dealt with behind closed doors.
An amendment has been filed in the Illinois House of Representatives that would remove language making local government officials criminals simply for enacting Right-to-Work laws. But significant problems remain.
The culture of silence will end eventually. And when it does, it will be with a deafening roar.