Due to its poor financial health and lagging economy, Illinois carries unique economic and fiscal risks from a prolonged market downturn or recession. The state must act now to mitigate harm from COVID-19.View Report
Michigan nixed a law mandating inflated wages for public construction projects. The Prairie State should follow suit.
Residents of St. Clair and Madison Counties will soon see some of the nation’s most punishing property tax bills.
Illinoisans shoulder some of the highest property taxes in the country. This burden is key to understanding the state's outmigration problem. Despite the failure of lawmakers to reverse this crisis, there remain a number of sound reforms waiting for consideration.
Illinois state lawmakers could stimulate employment and lower costs for overburdened taxpayers by repealing the state’s outdated prevailing wage law.
The September metro jobs report follows statewide numbers that showed one of the worst months for payroll jobs since the Great Recession.
Cook County has lost nearly 50,000 black residents since the 2010 census, and the rate is accelerating.
Local spending drivers need to be reformed to truly relieve taxpayers of Illinois’ highest-in-the-nation property taxes.
Compared with Illinois’ pre-recession average, permits for new single-family and multiunit housing are down more than 60 percent.
Although Illinois hosts corporate headquarters of many large companies, its economy lags in blue-collar job opportunities.
Though Illinois Democrats insist Gov. Bruce Rauner’s reform agenda has nothing to do with the state’s budget, Rauner’s original proposed spending reforms would allow the state to balance its budget without hitting up taxpayers for more revenue.