Here is a compilation of background research and other information on various topics, gathered during debates with Tribune columnist Eric Zorn.
Topic: Taxes and the Illinois budget
Illinois Policy Institute. Home website. Budget analysis. Proposal for balancing budget without a tax increase.
Illinois is Broke.com Organized by the Civic Committee of the Commercial Club of Chicago."
Illinois Statehouse News One of the best, objective sources of continuing coverage of the state's financial crisis and other Illinois news.
State of Illinois, Office of the Comptroller The source for basic information on the state's financial condition.
Ray Long of the Tribune and Dave McKinney of the Sun-Times are productive, experienced and reliable hands at covering Springfield.
Topic: School Vouchers
Below is a set of links, pro and con, on the school voucher issue assembled by Eric Zorn (con) and me (pro) )to complement our joint column that will be published tomorrow, Tuesday, Feb. 16.
POSTED BY ZORN:
Florida school vouchers flunk test -- St. Petersburg Times, July 1, 2009
Study finds results of Miwaukee Public Schools and voucher school students are similar -- Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, March 26, 2009
School vouchers study finds little difference between public schools, private schools -- Tampa Times June 30, 2009
School For Scandal: Milwaukee's Failed Voucher 'Experiment' Should Be Shut Down -- By Rob Boston, Americans United for Separation of Church and State, April 3, 2009
An Idea Whose Time Has Gone -- Conservatives abandon their support for school vouchers. Washington Monthly, April 2008
10 Reasons to Oppose Private School Vouchers by the (Texas) Coalition for Public Schools
17 Years Into the Failed Milwaukee Voucher Experiment, The Capital Times, October 2007
School Vouchers, Myths and Facts -- American Federation of Teachers
The Problem of Taking Private-School Voucher Programs to Scale-- the next issue in the voucher wars -- The New Century Foundation
Let Me Count The Ways: Private-school Vouchers Are A Bad Idea
November 19, 1998 (Orlando Sentinel)
POSTED BY DENNIS BYRNE:
NOTE -- The comment thread here is not for debating the voucher issues, but for adding, suggesting links to other reading material. The conversation about the voucher issue will take place on the thread under the joint column that Zorn and I will release later today and that will be published in Tuesday's paper.