Posts tagged "Illinois Policy Institute"

Horrible news for Illinois in the municipal bond market

Illinois has been borrowing to meet current expenses, pay down old bills and return what is owed to its vastly under-funded pension funds. The practice is whacky, causing Illinois to have the nation’s worst credit rating. Now comes some more bad news: the municipal bond market has suffered the biggest three-day plunge in more than... Read more »

Illinois unemployment rate increased most in the nation in 2011

According to the Illinois Policy Institute: As Gov. Pat Quinn prepares for the State of the State address on Feb. 1, he will find it difficult to defend the state’s economic policies that have resulted in more unemployed Illinoisans in 2011. Almost a year after Illinois’ record income tax increase, the state’s unemployment woes contrast... Read more »

AFSCME is long on "no," but short on answers for Illinois' pension crisis

This WTTW discussion/interview/debate about Illinois’ underfunded pensions is amazing for how a representative of the public employees union got away with dodging the question: What would you do? A three-tiered pension reform bill made it out of a House committee, but its prospects on the House floor are uncertain. (Details of the bill are here.)... Read more »
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Illinois government workers paid better than private sector workers

This is a hotly debated subject with both sides of this fight presenting their own studies. This latest one comes from the Illinois Policy Institute, a free-market think tank. Among its key findings: Compensation per state government employee averaged $69,500, which is 23 percent more than the private sector worker average of $56,500. Much of... Read more »

Can conservatives win elections?

The answer is yes, and an Illinois Policy Institute conference will examine how on Saturday, June 26. Said the Institute: Join us on Saturday, June 26, for the Illinois Policy Institute’s 2010 Policy Solutions Forum, an educational conference that is free of charge for elected officials (current and future), staff, and activists. Through networking, panels,... Read more »

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 »
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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 »

Why aren't you out smoking pot...

instead of writing a book about the tea party protests? That’s what Jon Stewart jokingly asked a 20-something John O’Hara, who wrote a book, “The New American Tea Party: The Counterrevolution Against Bailouts, Handouts, Reckless Spending and More taxes.”  I suspect that anyone as young as O’Hara who is conservative comes as a surprise to Stewart... Read more »

School vouchers (2)

Sen. James Meeks (D-Chicago) and the Illinois Policy Institute get national attention in this fine piece published in the Wall Street Journal.
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Let's spend billions more...

…that we don’t have. As we read deeper into Obama’s newest health legislation, the Illinois Policy Institute discovers this: A massive Medicaid expansion — one of the key reasons state governments across American objected to Congress’s health care takeover — is back from the dead and in President Obama’s revamped health care plan. Obama’s proposal grows Medicaid... Read more »
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