A little-noticed, outrageous pension win for Illinois teachers

Just when you thought that the Illinois pension plan for public school teachers in the state couldn’t get any more lavish and benevolent, the Democratic-controlled legislature slipped in yet another boon in the new (un)”balanced” budget. It amounts to a take-back that can add thousands of dollars to a retiring teacher’s pension. Here’s how it... Read more »

Will $45 billion fix all of the potholes in Illinois?

Skeptics will doubt it, considering the abysmal shape of Illinois’ roads. It’s almost as if our roads were intentionally left to fall apart so politically connected contractors will keep busy fixing them. Nevertheless it raises some questions: What the hell is in the $41 billion, oops, suddenly the $45 billion capital program enacted by the... Read more »

Beware the siren song of 'infrastructure'

Make only big, costly plans. “Infrastructure” is billed as the one government expenditure that can bring the waring political sides together, as if every dollar spent is a good, great idea. It’s not. At least not as often as it is billed. Let’s take some examples of costly infrastructure projects that flopped: The $363 million “new face” of... Read more »

Illinois Democrats install REGRESSIVE taxes and fees

All we hear from Gov. J.B. Pritzker and his henchpersons is how they are the only ones looking out for the middle class and poor. They cite as Exhibit A the “progressive” income tax that will hit only the wealthy and give a break (albeit small) for most taxpayers. Swell. Except that the new taxes... Read more »

In Springfield, the same old crap

Oh, sure. Gov. J.B. Pritzker and his myrmidons promised a new day in Illinois–solutions to all of the states problems, blah and blah–yet when the talk ended and reality set in, the Democrat-controlled state government brought us more of the same old crap. Just for starters: A new, record-breaking $40.27 billion budget that, according to the conservative... Read more »

Fab, righteous and groovy! Recreational pot gets legal in Illinois!

Unalloyed joy overcame State Sen. Heather Steans (above left), Rep. Kelly Cassidy, Sen. Toi Hutchinson and Rep. Jehan Gordon-Booth after the Illinois House approved the legalization of recreational marijuana.  Pending the almost certain signature of Gov. J.P. Pritzker, the loathsome and hateful conservative cultural agenda has  been struck down once again. As libertarian Tribune columnist Steve Chapman proclaims, the direction... Read more »

More whining from the Chicago Teachers Union

And why not? It’s the Chicago Teachers Union’s job to whine, moan and act as if it is the victim in a crisis that it had such a huge hand in creating. This time, the whine states that while Chicago Public Schools have extorted more money from the financially crippled state of Illinois, too many employees are... Read more »

Trump's ego dishonors the John McCains and other Navy heroes

As a U.S. Navy veteran, I’m wondering: What the hell was that tarp doing covering up the stern of the USS John McCain (DDG-56) so its name could not be seen. The Wall Street Journal broke the news that the coverup was ordered so that President Donald Trump wouldn’t have to see the name of the ship... Read more »

Blame city of Chicago for price gouging of O'Hare suburban taxi riders

Give WGN9 credit for a fine investigative report on “The airport hustle: Unauthorized drivers looking to take passengers for a ride.“ WGN undercover reporters described (see video below) how unlicensed drivers are gouging O’Hare International Airport arriving passengers. One driver wanted to charge a reporter $89-$100 to suburban Naperville when a pre-arranged ride with a legitimate ride costs... Read more »

A great and troubling roundup of Chicago's pension problems

Pay attention; it’s not easy reading. But the message is clear. Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot will have her hands not just full, but overflowing, with the city’s deeply unfunded employee pensions. Elizabeth Bauer writes about it in Forbes.
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