More Illinoisans on food stamps this Thanksgiving, 50K recipients will soon need jobs

By Ben Szalinski
11/26/2019
This Thanksgiving, about 17,500 more Illinoisans will be using food stamps. By New Year’s, about 50,000 Cook County recipients must find jobs or lose benefits.

TAGS: able-bodied, constitutional amendment, Cook County, Donald Trump, DuPage County, fast food, food banks, food stamps, Illinois, JB Pritzker, link card, midwest, pension reform, progressive income tax, recovery, SNAP, social services, Thanksgiving

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