With voters set to decide on progressive income tax, Illinois wealth flight among worst in the nation

By Orphe Divounguy, Bryce Hill
01/07/2020
New data shows Illinois since 2010 lost up to $32 billion in income from people moving out. Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s graduated income tax plan would hike rates on residents most likely to leave the state, on net.

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Illinois lawmakers pass pension sweeteners without knowing the cost

By Adam Schuster
11/20/2019
Illinois has nation’s worst pension debt. Maybe that’s because state lawmakers take a problem they aren’t sure exists, apply a solution they don’t know will work and never determine the cost.

TAGS: benefits, Civic Federation, fire pensions, firefighter pensions, IRS: Internal Revenue Service, Jason Barickman, municipal pensions, pension crisis, pension debt, pension reform, pensions, police pensions, public safety, public safety pensions, safe harbor, Social Security, task force, tier 1, tier 2