Tag: Associated Press

Should private lobbyists in Illinois get publicly funded pensions?

Should private lobbyists in Illinois get publicly funded pensions?
If the word “lobbyist” brings to mind someone working against the public interest, listen closely: Illinois is one of at least 20 states where private lobbyists can collect public pensions. According to an investigation released this week by the Associated Press, decades-old laws allow lobbyists who represent associations of states, counties, cities and school boards... Read more »

2011's must-read story on poverty

Poverty has become a statistic. An alarming statistic, an oft-quoted statistic. We know that one in six Americans are now poor. And while that’s shocking, it’s not as shocking as the stories those Americans have to tell. This morning, I read one of the most profound pieces on American poverty after the Great Recession, put... Read more »