Posts in category "Opinions"

Higher Education Hurt By Illinois Fiscal Crisis

Without Budget Reform Colleges and Universities Will Continue To Suffer By Stanley Ikenberry The people of Illinois and our state government are in the midst of an unprecedented crisis. Illinois is unable to pay its bills. We are heavily in debt and face the prospect of borrowing even more. And yet the state budget approved on... Read more »

Chicago's charter schools start to feel the squeeze

By Elizabeth Purvis The Illinois fiscal crisis is crowding out important services including public education. With Governor Quinn’s proposed cuts of $1.3 billion to education, school districts across the state are having to make cuts due to lack of funding. Chicago Public Schools (CPS) has a $600 million deficit, with proposed 11%-12% funding cuts to... Read more »

To tax or not to tax

To tax or not to tax.  That seems always to be the question – particularly in Illinois. The array of opinions and arguments about whether to raise taxes is staggering.  At one end of the spectrum are the redistributionist folks who simply believe that Illinois should tax its citizens more — like New York and... Read more »

Why we have no choice but to change the rules for current workers

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Pension reform should include current workers

For those that missed it, Civic Committee president R. Eden Martin had an Op-Ed published in today’s Sun-Times.  Check it out: Last week in Springfield, the hole swallowed up the doughnut. Both houses of the Legislature enacted pension reform for Illinois workers, but they created exemptions so the reforms do not apply to any sitting... Read more »