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Taxpayer lawsuit filed against new Illinois law that funds elective abortions

The following is a press release from the Thomas More Society. It cites a number of constitutional and fiscal problems with the law.  Controversial Taxpayer-Funded Abortion Bill Prompts Taxpayer Lawsuit Against Illinois Officials Thomas More Society Sues on Behalf of Coalition of Nonprofits and Legislators to Stop “HB 40” (November 30, 2017 – Springfield, IL)... Read more »

Illinois' suffocating taxes

Illinois’ taxes are hurting home values and driving residents out of the state.

The Elgin-O'Hare tollroad (I-390) will never enter O'Hare

The Chicago Tribune editorial board has acknowledged what opponents of the expansion of O’Hare International Airport had long warned about: The extension of the Elgin-O’Hare tollroad (I-390) won’t for all practical purposes ever enter the airport itself to serve a western terminal that never will be built. The Chicago Tribune editorial wasn’t quite that certain,... Read more »
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Straight talk on Illinois' budget deficit

Gov. Bruce Rauner says the Democratic budget for this fiscal year has a $1.7 billion deficit. Democrats say their budget has a $360 million surplus.  Of course. This goes on all the time; voters and taxpayers never know whom to believe. So we’re thankful that we have Charles N. Wheeler III,  director of the Public Affairs Reporting Program... Read more »

Illinois redistricting gets unexpected support from Obama. Pay attention Mike Madigan

Well, I’m reaching.  Obama didn’t specifically mention the politically perverted redistricting that goes on in Illinois. But Obama’s plea for redistricting reform applies to Illinois. In spades. Here’s the background: House Speaker Mike Madigan and his Democrat lamb chops have been in charge of redrawing legislative and congressional districts in Illinois for decades. No surprise, the... Read more »

Bet you don't make as much as these Illinois "public servants"

Recently, we found auto pound supervisors in Chicago making $144,453; nurses at state corrections earning up to $254,781; junior college presidents making $465,420; university doctors earning $1.6 million; and 84 small-town “managers” out-earning every U.S. governor. This is from Adam Andrzejewski‘s article in Forbess, “Why Illinois Is In Trouble – 63,000 Public Employees With $100,000+ Salaries... Read more »
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Organized labor chases 4,000 jobs out of Illinois

Illinois thought it was in the high-stakes competition for a 4,000-job assembly plant that Japanese automakers Toyota and Mazda are aiming to build in the United States. But news comes today from Greg Hinz at Crain’s Chicago Business that Illinois won’t get this plum. As Hinz reported: The apparent reasons: lack of shovel-ready sites and the state’s failure... Read more »

U.S. Supreme Court's possible challenge to Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan

Illinoisans should pay attention to how the U.S. Supreme Court rules on a case challenging how Wisconsin Republicans gerrymandered legislative districts in their favor. While it would be a setback for Wisconsin Republicans it could also be a setback for Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan and the Democrats who have benefited from his gerrymandering of... Read more »

The other Madigan--Shirley--whose time should be up

Lisa Madigan has been Illinois attorney general for 15 years. Her father has been Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan for 34 years. It’s time for both of them to go. But there’s another Madigan who has “served” longer. Mike’s wife, Shirley, has been on the Illinois Arts Council since 1976 and has served as, its... Read more »
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Another scandal: Illinois budget does nothing about biggest problem--pension debt

Funny how so many people are glossing over this scandal: The budget that was crammed through by House Speaker Michael Madigan does absolutely nothing about the outrageous public employee pension debt. All the hosannas about how Illinois finally got a budget after three years are either a sign of willful ignorance or intentional deception. Most... Read more »
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