Posts in category "Illinois politics"

The Illinois legislature is the perfect place for Barack Obama to show up

What could be more fitting? A bumbling president addressing the disastrous Illinois legislature. How appropriate that President Barack Obama should hang out with the Democrat-controlled legislature that has  left the state of Illinois  teetering on the brink of a fiscal collapse. No doubt Obama and his White House script writers  haven’t noticed the irony that... Read more »

Brother, can you spare another $6 billion?

Illinois is heading toward a catastrophe. Public employee unions get stiffed, along with others. Illinois Comptroller Leslie Geissler Munger has warned  that “the State of Illinois is on pace to spend an additional $6.2 billion more than it receives in revenue this fiscal year alone if the state continues its current rate of spending without... Read more »

Will Illinois count on America for a bailout?

The question of whether Illinois is so broke that it eventually have to look to Washing for a bailout was raised by Judith Crown on the Better Government Association website. Those who oppose federal intervention—and there are many—argue that Illinois alone must fix the pension disaster by using all the tools at its disposal, including raising... Read more »

Already, new Illinois auditor general Frank Mautino is called on to resign

Hardly with time to warm his chair, newly appointed Illinois auditor general Frank Mautino is called on to resign. The call has merit, seeing as how there are serious questions about whether the state’s top auditor–the guy who is supposed to ferret out corruption–misspent his campaign funds. The call for his resignation came from Adam Andrezejewski, Founder... Read more »

How a U.S. Supreme Court decision could affect Illinois teachers

The Supreme Court case was filed by a California teacher who is challenging her union’s demand that she pay dues that go to support political speech and positions that she disagrees with. A bunch of states already allow her to opt out of the payments, but not Illinois and California. Read more about the case... Read more »

Illinois' backlog of unpaid bills to soar by $4.3 billion

That’s if the state doesn’t finally figure out a budget. That’s on top of some $8 billion it already owes. Illinois Comptroller Leslie Geissler Munger explains: Visit my new website at Want to be notified by email when I post? Type your email address in the box and click the “create subscription” button. My list... Read more »

Chicago and Illinois' dismal future as viewed from an outsider.

There’s much to contemplate in this article about Chicago and Illinois’ dismal future. This native Chicagoan, now with the Heritage Foundation, warns we’re the canary in the mine, whose catastrophic financial condition could spread to other localities. It’s the public employees’ unions that are the problem. Stephen Moore more writes: The shame of all this... Read more »

It's time to tax Illinois retirement income

Here’s one reform that could ease Illinois’ fiscal troubles: Tax retirement income. Illinois exempts from taxation all retirement income, including Social Security, an astonishing fact, considering the state’s ruinous fiscal health. Only two other states, Mississippi and Pennsylvania, are as blindly generous. Most other states tax a portion or all of retirement income, including public... Read more »

How Gov. Rauner can bring down Boss Michael Madigan

John Kass has a brilliant column in today’s Chicago Tribune on how Gov. Bruce Rauner can bring down the seemingly invincible Boss Michael Madigan. Madigan has been running things for decades in Illinois and is deeply responsible for bringing the state to its financial knees. But because Madigan has a grip on his own legislative... Read more »

Rauner moves to cut $400 million from the Madigan-Cullerton unbalanced budget

It didn’t take Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner to respond to the irresponsible $3-billion-short budget put forward by Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton. Rainier’s office announced today that it will be slashing $400 million in state expenses, including halting preparation for the controversial Illiana Expressway. Also to be put on hold are incentives... Read more »
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