Category: Illinois politics

End the Madigan gerrymandering of Illinois legislative districts

Democrats around the country are hyperventilating about how Republicans have gerrymandered so many districts in many states that the GOP is unfairly winning elections. Yet when it comes to how House Speaker Mike Madigan and his Democratic lickspittles have apportioned Illinois legislative districts, they say not a word. So, the good news is that Change Illinois has... Read more »

$1 out of $3 Illinois income tax dollars is paid out to retired educators

Hard to believe, but that’s what Adam Andrzejewski, disclosed in Forbes magazine. We thank the teachers for their service and wish them a long, healthy and wealthy retirement. But something has to be done to save the state of Illinois. Wrote Andrzejewski: llinois teachers are starting their three-month summer break. But when it comes to teacher salaries,... Read more »

Why other states should bail out near-bankrupt Illinois

I think the idea is nonsense, but perhaps as a indication of what Illinois’ Democrats will try to do to save Illinois from going over the cliff, I present the liberal argument why the rest of America should  bail out Connecticut, in the throes of its own financial crisis: If Rich States Need Federal Help, Remember... Read more »
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Wait. What? Illinois' unfunded pension obligation is >$200 billion, NOT $140 billion?

This hasn’t received much attention, but it’s big, important news that Illinois’ unfunded government pensions amount to at least $200 billion, instead of the $140 billion that’s usually cited. I say “at least” because the $200 billion figure calculated by Moody’s Investors Service is for 2016, about two years old. What it amounts to now is... Read more »

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 »
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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 »

$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 »
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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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