Illinois’ comeback story starts here.

Illinois has higher gas prices than national average, all neighboring states, heading into Memorial Day weekend

Motorists in Chicago face higher gas prices than the national and state average, due in part to the multiple layers of taxes heaped upon by state, county and local government.

By Brendan Bakala

Lombard school district pays more than $400,000 to dismiss 2 administrators

A DuPage County school district is severing ties with two administrators before their contracts expire, and it’s going to cost taxpayers.

By Joe Kaiser

In East Aurora, battle over busing is just the tip of the iceberg

In East Aurora, Illinois, the District 131 school board has approved a proposal to provide bus transportation for students, but the teachers union has balked at a quick implementation of the plan.

By Mailee Smith

“Bigger” Government Association

Chicago only major U.S. city to lose population from 2015 to 2016

While major headlines broke over news that Chicago was the only one of America’s largest 20 cities to shrink from July 2015 to July 2016, most of Illinois’ other cities with 50,000 people or more also lost population.

By Michael Lucci

College students were fleeing Illinois long before the budget impasse

Illinois lost 195,000 more college-bound students than it gained from 2000-2014.

By Michael Lucci

Veterans courts heal scars we can’t see

This Memorial Day, we honor those who have fallen. Let’s not forget to extend a hand up to those who remain.

By Austin Berg

Despite the pain of a two-year budget impasse, less than one-third of Illinoisans support raising taxes

Poll results indicate that likely Illinois voters will be unforgiving of candidates for governor or the General Assembly who raise the state income tax or sales tax.

By Diana Rickert

Rosemont to build taxpayer-funded baseball stadium

The village of Rosemont is moving forward on a $60 million taxpayer-funded baseball stadium.

By Joe Kaiser

Illinois tax hike: This time it’s permanent

Illinois has lost 195,000 millennial college students since 2000

Illinois lost more millennial college students than any other state except New Jersey between 2000 and 2014, and Illinois’ loss of young people appears to be accelerating.

By Madelyn Harwood

Fact-checking BGA’s claims on ‘low-spending’ Illinois

While the Better Government Association has claimed Illinois’ budget contains no fat to trim, a deeper analysis reveals the state has many areas of expensive inefficiency to reform in state and local government costs, the Medicaid program and K-12 education.

By Ted Dabrowski, John Klingner