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
In 2018, Springfield handed Illinoisans more of the same repackaged policy failures. Lawmakers in the coming year should tape to their desks this wish list of taxpayer-friendly reforms.
Jason Spyres was arrested on drug charges nearly 20 years ago. In the years since, he’s been on a path of personal success and growth. A pardon from Gov. Bruce Rauner should follow.
Raising the felony theft threshold won't lead to an increase in overall property crime or larceny rates.
The state initiative has both saved taxpayer money and given offenders the opportunity to break the cycle of incarceration.
Research shows Hardin, Macon and Marion Counties lead the state in prison admissions per 10,000 residents.
Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed into law Senate Bill 3164, which requires a court to review a presentencing report and explain why incarceration is appropriate prior to imposing a prison sentence on a Class 3 or Class 4 felony offender with no prior violent convictions.
A recent survey of Illinois voters by the U.S. Justice Action Network shows vast popular support for criminal-justice reform.
Police chiefs and prosecutors increasingly support policies to reduce unnecessary incarceration.
The initial overview of plans to safely reduce Illinois’ prison population by 25 percent contains important lessons for policymakers.