Illinois’ comeback story starts here.

Employers in DuPage and Cook counties reported 429 layoffs in January

Numbers from the January 2017 Illinois WARN report show most of the mass layoffs were in the service industry.

By Brendan Bakala

Civic Federation proposal hits Illinois taxpayers with $51 billion in tax hikes

The Civic Federation’s budget plan repeats old mistakes with multibillion-dollar tax hikes and no serious, structural reform.

By Ted Dabrowski, John Klingner

Education finance solutions

Making Illinois’ system fairer through pension reform, consolidation and accountability to parents and students.

By Ted Dabrowski, John Klingner

Why a fair, balanced budget takes political courage

Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle grow more and more powerful as the size of state and local government increases.

By Austin Berg

4 reasons Illinois can’t weather another tax increase

Lawmakers need to look at the state’s major spending drivers instead of increasing taxes, which will continue to drive more people out of the state.

By Michael Lucci

AFSCME’s contract demands: A close look at the $3B hit to taxpayers

Despite the fact that the average AFSCME worker makes over $100,000 a year in total compensation, the union has made health care, salary and benefit demands that are out of line with what Illinois taxpayers can afford and would aggravate the state’s financial crisis.

By Ted Dabrowski, John Klingner

Madigan’s millions: How the speaker sells his sway

The speaker’s law firm makes millions in the clout-heavy game of Cook County property tax appeals.

By Austin Berg

Who are AFSCME workers?

The union representing state workers is currently holding a strike authorization vote. Understanding whom AFSCME represents better equips taxpayers in evaluating AFSCME’s demands and whether a strike is reasonable.

By Mailee Smith

Illinois senators want new tax on services, higher sales tax on food, medicine

The proposal would be part of the Senate’s “grand bargain,” which also includes a multibillion-dollar income tax hike.

By Austin Berg

Illinois politicians’ remedy for state flirting with recession? Multibillion-dollar tax hikes

A new report from the Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability shows Illinois has experienced falling tax collections, which may indicate trouble in the state economy; spending reforms – not tax hikes – are what Illinois needs to right its fiscal ship and boost economic growth.

By Ted Dabrowski, Craig Lesner

Illinois lost 20 people per day to Missouri over past decade

Politicians’ refusal to make serious spending reforms is pushing more taxpayers out of Illinois, with Missouri being an attractive landing spot.

By Madelyn Harwood

Illinois last in jobs growth, first in manufacturing losses in 2016

Illinois continues to have the worst jobs growth in the region, and tax hikes will only make matters worse.

By Michael Lucci

Chicago made their business illegal, now Vugo is fighting back

Vugo is the type of technology startup political leaders often herald as the future of Chicago. But taxi protectionism has forced it to leave town.

By Austin Berg