Illinois Policy Institute
Illinois’ legislative leaders briefed other lawmakers Friday on details of a breakthrough agreement for solving the state’s $100 billion pension crisis, leaving them four days to study the plan before facing a vote that could be crucial for the state’s financial condition and their own re-election plans.
In Illinois, Democrats – long supported by labor unions – have majorities in the House and Senate – and will have veto-proof majorities starting in January — and Gov. Pat Quinn also is a Democrat.
A pro-business think tank was warning that a legislative proposal to raise the minimum wage in Illinois would do more harm than good.
With the two-week trauma of the Chicago teachers’ strike now behind him, Mayor Rahm Emanuel has turned his attention to other labor challenges ahead. Police officers, firefighters, and transit workers are all either in contract talks, or getting ready to start negotiations.
A conservative think tank has proposed an alternative state budget that would cut wages for state employees by 10 percent; require retired workers to pay for their own health care premiums; and force local school districts to fund teacher pensions, instead of the state.
Illinois state government might be teetering financially, but our lawmakers continue to spend billions of dollars by passing legislation they sometimes might not even understand.
Traditional classrooms didn’t work for them, but hundreds of high school dropouts are now getting their diplomas a new way – on their terms.
A conservative think tank says the population exodus from Illinois to other states since the mid-1990s has cost the state $26 billion in taxable income.
The Illinois Policy Institute, a government watchdog group, says Illinois state legislators could save the taxpayers lots of money on their personal expenses.
A conservative think tank is warning that public sector pay scales are out of balance with those in the private sector.
A free market think tank says pay for Illinois state workers has far outpaced private sector pay over the last 15 years and should be reduced as part of any serious efforts to balance the budget.
At a time when the state of Illinois is crying poor, taxpayers are forking over millions to repave parking lots for local governments and private entities. CBS 2′s Kristyn Hartman reports.
In his winter budget address, Gov. Pat Quinn pledged that “all unnecessary state spending will be eliminated.”
A major school reform package advanced in an Illinois Senate committee in Springfield on Thursday, with an unusual coalition of lawmakers, school districts and teachers unions supporting the measure.
A conservative watchdog group says there’s a better way than Gov. Pat Quinn’s proposed state budget.