Conservative Policy Group Pitches State Budget Plan With No Tax HikeThe Illinois Policy Institute's proposal would make most able-bodied people without children ineligible for Medicaid, impose the state’s most recent contract offer to unionized state workers, reduce state payroll by 10 percent, and freeze property taxes for five years.
Is Tax Policy To Blame For Illinois' Problems?As people focus on their tax returns this weekend, two politically opposed budget watchdogs are differing strongly about the role taxes are playing in Illinois' financial problems right now.
Conservative Group Presents Alternative State Budget PlanA 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.
Think Tank: Seizing Tax Refunds Won't Help City BudgetThe head of a conservative think tank calls the plan to intercept ticket scofflaws’ tax refunds a desperate money grab by the city.
Lawmakers Push For Financial Impact Data On All Proposed LegislationIllinois state government might be teetering financially, but our lawmakers continue to spend billions of dollars by passing legislation they sometimes might not even understand.
UPDATED: Education Reform Proposal Moving ForwardA 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.