Illinois’ comeback story starts here.

Asset forfeiture in Illinois: What it is, where it happens, and reforms the state needs

Most people expect Illinois law enforcement to defend the private property of Illinois residents. As long as you obey the law, your life, liberty and property should be secure from the law – or so common sense would suggest. Yet, every year, Illinois law enforcement agencies take tens of millions of dollars in cash, vehicles,...

By Ben Ruddell, Bryant Jackson-Green

Judge upholds onerous Chicago food truck rules

Cook County Circuit Court Judge Anna Helen Demacopoulos squelched a ray of hope for Chicago food trucks Dec. 5 as the court upheld two of the city’s most oppressive regulations. In recent weeks, Mayor Rahm Emanuel has been coming after these small-business owners. But they’ve faced the city’s wrath for years, even after City Council...

By Hilary Gowins

Jason B.

“I was homeless before I got this job. I sat right out here for years with a sign that said ‘Please help.’ Every day, for years, even with eight feet of snow out here. Every day. People look at me a lot different now. They were seeing me sitting on the ground, now they see...

Aaron Moore

“This thing started with me, my buddy and a paintbrush. It was all bootstrapped. We ran the businesses out of two garages and a den at our secretary’s house. Now we have anywhere from 20 to 40 guys working for us. I’m really proud of it. It’s what I’ve spent my entire adult life doing....

Trump can help save Chicago manufacturing jobs by taking on sugar tariffs

Chicago and Illinois have plenty of their own problems on the manufacturing front, with issues such as high property taxes and workers’ compensation costs driving production facilities to other states. But U.S. trade policy regarding sugar isn’t helping matters. For each one sugar growing and harvesting job saved through high U.S. sugar tariffs, nearly three confectionery manufacturing jobs are lost, according to the International Trade Administration.

By Michael Lucci

On top of top salaries and health care, AFSCME contract includes lesser known provisions unheard of in private sector

AFSCME’S outrageous demands when negotiating for a new contract led to an impasse in negotiations. Now the union is suing to keep the state from implementing the contract – while ignoring that state workers will maintain many lavish perks unlike anything offered in the private sector.

By Mailee Smith

Local corruption hits Chicago, suburbs and downstate communities

November was a sad reminder of the corruption at various levels of Illinois government from retired House Speaker Denny Hastert to the small Village of Bellwood.

By Mindy Ruckman

Ex-offenders less likely to quit their jobs, no more likely to be fired than other employees

Although a new study by Northwestern University researchers shows ex-offenders can make good hires, obstacles such as negligent-hiring liability hinder employers willing to give ex-offenders a chance.

By Amy Korte

Illinois lawmakers are suing the state for their paychecks

A group of state representatives has filed a lawsuit against Illinois Comptroller Leslie Munger.

By Austin Berg

Illinois House fails to override bill tying prevailing wage to union rates

The proposed legislation would have hiked costs for taxpayers and undermined market forces, all to benefit special interests.

By Madelyn Harwood

Reps. Franks and McSweeney look to tackle lame-duck tax hikes

Lame-duck session allows lawmakers already ousted by voters to act with reckless abandon before leaving the Statehouse.

By Austin Berg

Rauner vetoes state bailout of CPS pensions

Gov. Bruce Rauner vetoed the $215 million bailout of Chicago Public Schools’ ailing teachers’ pension fund.

By Ted Dabrowski

Lame Duck