Inaccuracy and unfairness in the property tax assessment process mean some homeowners, especially those in poorer areas, pay a disproportionate share of the overall tax burden.View Report
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.
The Land of Lincoln is also the land of “sin” taxes, “saint” subsidies and other nanny-like policies, according to a new study.
Almost a quarter of Illinois workers need licenses to work in their professions, and workers who default on student loans can face the suspension of those licenses.
In Illinois, a cosmetologist must complete 350 days of educational training, but an EMT can be licensed after just 37.
A new law will allow certain nurses in Illinois to practice independently of physicians, expanding health care access and affordability.
The criminal justice commission’s recommendations work toward providing more opportunity for ex-offenders and reducing the state’s prison population.