Posts tagged "Illinois is broke"

Illinois can't afford Barack Obama's presidential library

Chicago is where Barack Obama’s presidential library and museum should be. Nowhere else comes close to making a legitimate claim. Hawaii, Obama’s native state? Columbia University in New York City where he pursued his undergraduate degree? Not even close. Only Chicago and Illinois could have spawned the Barack Obama who today sits in the Oval... Read more »

'Cowardice' is why Michael Madigan might stymie Illinois pension reform

That’s according to a business group that is lobbying “with sharp elbows” to reform the lavish Illinois public employee pensions. The Chicago News Cooperative puts it all into perspective as D-Day for pension reforms arrives on Thursday. It’s worth a read here.

Putting our children in hock for Illinois pensions

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How can Illinois (aka Greece) climb out of its deep budget hole?

Tribune columnist Eric Zorn and I debate how Illinois could–if ever–resolve its financial crisis.  To Eric from Dennis: We have seen Greece, and it is us. When Greek mobs were rioting over government austerity measures needed to secure sufficient international loans to keep the country afloat, the discussion on CNBC immediately turned to whether the... Read more »

Preposterous demands for Illinois tax increase

Tribune photo by Abel Uribe / April 21, 2010 Thousands of people march around the State Capitol in Springfield, Ill. during a pro-tax rally on Wednesday. The headline read “Thousands rally at Illinois Capitol — for a tax increase.” A subhead could have read, “Millions more stay at home, fuming at the very idea.” Last... Read more »
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