Illinois Policy Institute Update

The Greatest Show on Earth
Watching explosions from the latest Transformers movie on Michigan Avenue and catching glimpses of movie stars like Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie may provide an exciting novelty for Illinois residents. But is it worth the price? Our latest Spotlight on Spending highlights the glitz, glamour, and surprising cost of the Illinois film tax credit.

Watch Out for Scabs…
What happens when a union protesting a Wal-Mart (for, among other things, paying minimum wage) hires a bunch of non-union picketers and pays them…that’s right…minimum wage? The Daily Show offers an amusing takedown of union hypocrisy below.

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The Greatest Show on Earth
Watching explosions from the latest Transformers movie on Michigan Avenue and catching glimpses of movie stars like Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie may provide an exciting novelty for Illinois residents. But is it worth the price? Our latest Spotlight on Spending highlights the glitz, glamour, and surprising cost of the Illinois film tax credit.

How Did Your Legislator Vote?
It’s tough to stay up to date on state politics, but we’re here to help! Our new Legislative Vote Card breaks down your representative’s votes on key free market issues. Check it out–and share with a friend– here.

The Choice
Imagine you’re governor. You have a multi-billion-dollar budget deficit. One out of every four general fund dollars is spent on labor costs. What do you do?

a) Follow the lead of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and insist that public employee unions make modest concessions to balance the budget.

b) Roll over to outrageous union demands.

Find out which one Governor Quinn chose–and more painful details of Illinois’s latest Springfield snafu– here.

Oprah, School Reform Hero
She’s the queen of media…and also a big fan of school reform. Collin Hitt highlights Oprah’s latest move to promote better schools (including an upcoming film and supporting local charter schools) upgrade your profile here, and check the box for “Turnaround Tidbit.”

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