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
Illinoisans should know lawmakers in the past made big moves to fix the state's worst-in-the-nation pension crisis. It’s politically possible. They just need a little reminder of our history.
A group led by former Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn is one step closer to getting a binding referendum question on the November ballot that would place term limits on the mayor of Chicago.
State Sen. Dan McConchie, R-Hawthorne Woods, filed legislation March 23 that would give the Illinois Comptroller’s office discretion to delay payments to lawmakers if insufficient funding exists to do so. This came just hours after a Cook County judge said lawmakers must be paid.
Attempts to cut off state worker pay need not end in a tax hike.
Illinois governors don’t just pass on debt to their successors – they also leave behind a backlog of petitions for clemency.
Gov. Bruce Rauner has laid off dozens of workers at a state agency, all political hires under previous governors.
When it comes to touting oneself as a defender of the middle class, actions speak louder than words.
Illinois lawmakers earn base salaries of nearly $68,000 for what is essentially part-time work.
For years, Illinois lawmakers have prioritized government-worker pay and benefits over social services. Between 2000 and 2015, contributions to Illinois state-worker pension funds shot up 586 percent, while state payments for human services increased by only 10 percent.
Downtown appeal and state-issued tax credits mask a discouraging jobs climate statewide.