No other state’s constitution or labor laws are like Illinois’ – broadly allowing government unions to override statutes simply by negotiating contrary provisions into collective bargaining agreements. Illinois may not be alone for long.View Report
High courts in Wisconsin and Michigan have both ruled governors cannot repeatedly issue disaster declarations as a basis for mask mandates and other orders without legislative approval. A year into the pandemic, Illinois’ governor is still doing it.
Just Cook County food stamp recipients were facing work requirements Jan. 1 if they were under age 50, able-bodied and had no dependents. Now the rules will apply throughout Illinois starting April 1.
Most states require a wait before lawmakers become lobbyists. Recent federal probes point out the need for Illinois to do the same.
Michigan nixed a law mandating inflated wages for public construction projects. The Prairie State should follow suit.
The announcement comes on the heels of the manufacturing giant’s decision to invest in Wisconsin.
With the successful passage of 401(k)-style pension reform in Michigan’s state legislature, Illinois lawmakers should examine their own growing pension crisis and pursue bolder reforms to stabilize the state’s finances.
Illinois’ credit rating spirals downward while residents flee to surrounding states with stronger economies and lower taxes.
Illinois lawmakers now have at least one model on which to base necessary reforms.
Workers’ compensation costs are killing Illinois steel.
Manufacturing employment in Illinois has stagnated and even shrunk while Indiana and Michigan – neighboring Right-to-Work states – have boomed.