Category: Illinois politics

Don't count out Illinois public employee unions just yet

Widespread speculation predicts that the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in  Janus v. AFSCME will change America’s political landscape, especially in Illinois, the bluest of blue states where public employee unions have driven the state into near bankruptcy. By giving employees in such unions as the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, Council 31 in... Read more »

Prime working population abandoning Illinois

Digger deeper into the census data that already has shown that Illinois is losing population, the Illinois Policy Institute discovers that prime workforce population is leading the state’s decline: Not only is Illinois hemorrhaging its current workforce, but population losses are also compromising its future workforce. Decline in Illinois’ youngest population cohorts are more severe... Read more »

Why Illinois is better off bankrupt

That’s the view of the fiscally conservative Illinois Policy Institute. After itemizing the long list financial problems of the woe-be-gotten, “failed state”  of Illinois, the Institute concludes: It has taken Illinois’ state and local governments half a century to accumulate unsustainable levels of debt and unfunded liabilities. Today, it is virtually inconceivable the elected officials... Read more »
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$1 of every $3 in Illinois individual income tax is paid to retired teachers

That’s right, $1 of every $3 of your Illinois individual income tax goes to retired teachers, a calculation says. That’s $1,578 if you live in Chicago, are married and your household income is $100,000. That’s $1,578 that won’t go to needed healthcare, social services and schools. Stunning, isn’t it. And J.B. Pritzker, the Democrat candidate for Illinois governor wants... Read more »

But he's our Rod Blagojevich

The debate inspired by President Donald Trump over whether he should commute the sentence of our disgraced ex-governor and our state felon, Rod Blagojevich, whose image should be displayed right up there with the state bird, misses the point. Here’s our Blagojevich. Both sides of this dispute–the ones who say his sentence is unfairly too... Read more »

Illinois' balanced budget? The joke's on us

If we’re to believe the Illinois politicians–Democrat and Republican–the new fiscal year 2019 “balanced” budget they passed overwhelmingly is a bipartisan lovefest, a return to what should be a normal budget process and a first step to putting the fiscally challenged state back on track. Ha, ha. The joke’s on us. And the politicians know it.... Read more »
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Chicago's population slides again

Greg Hinz reports in Crain’s Chicago Business that Chicago population drops for third year in a row. The net loss isn’t much, just a few thousand, but significantly, African Americans are leading the parade out of the city. Which probably accounts for the fact that the only suburbs that are seeing a small  increase are... Read more »

Report: Chicago still America's most corrupt city

That’s not news. But a new report confirms what we’ve long know, but which again demonstrates that the Democrats who control Chicago not only don’t care, but also are who are mostly responsible for the corruption. In it’s “Continuing Corruption in Illinois,” authored by UIC professor and former alderman Dick Simpson and others, Illinois was named... Read more »

Experts: Increase Illinois property taxes 40 percent

From Crain’s Chicago Business: llinois homeowners, who already pay some of the nation’s highest property taxes, should pay about 40 percent more for the next decade to wipe out the state’s crippling pension debt, according to a trio of economists at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. The economists argue that paying off the state’s... Read more »
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Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner is dead meat

Bruce Rauner has slit his throat, with his general incompetence and a campaign that was so dishonest that it set some sort of record in a state where truth is typically flushable. The way he failed to get a single one of his goals accomplished in his three and a half years as governor is... Read more »
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