The years 2010 through 2019 will go down in Illinois history as a decade of public policy failure and economic decline. High fixed costs for pensions and government worker health care have prevented the state from balancing its budget in any year since 2001. Since the Great Recession in 2008, the state’s fiscal imbalance has...View Report
A proposal in the Illinois General Assembly would prohibit right-to-work laws in Illinois, making Illinois the only state in the nation to ban the policy in a state constitution.
Robust growth in government spending has failed to yield similar results for Illinoisans’ incomes
Illinois job creation lagged the national median in nearly every sector.
More than 129,000 Illinois public pensioners will see expected payouts of $1 million or more during retirement.
State-government employee compensation has grown at over twice the rate of private-sector compensation in Illinois since 2000.
From the beginning of the Great Recession in January 2008 through August 2014, Illinois is still down 157,100 payroll jobs, more than any other state in the U.S. Some sectors of Illinois’ economy have recovered completely, while others remain dramatically below pre-recession levels. Manufacturing and construction have had it the worst through the recession era,...