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
Licensing should be the last resort. Instead, in the case of the landscape architects, it appears to be a grab for a different kind of green.
Grocery delivery services have been on the rise nationwide. A bill in the General Assembly would allow consumers in Illinois to have distilled spirits delivered by a licensed vendor.
New Year brings new laws as the 100thGeneral Assembly ends. Here are a few wins for Illinois taxpayers.
A new law will ensure Illinoisans don’t lose their right to practice their professions if they fall behind on student loan payments.
Nearly 600 bills are on their way to the governor, some of which would be encouraging changes to the status quo.
A series of occupational licensing reform bills making their way out of the General Assembly would help more Illinoisans enter the workforce.
Regulatory regimes in Illinois often discourage workforce participation without enhancing public welfare. One Senate bill, however, would require regulators to demonstrate the necessity of new rules before imposing them on workers.
Three proposals that would ease occupational licensing restrictions have reached the House floor, passing unanimously out of committee.
Under Illinois law, defaulting on student loan debt could jeopardize one’s occupational license. But a Senate bill would protect indebted workers from displacement.
State lawmakers would be wise to re-examine the barriers to second chances and first careers throughout the state.