The focus of Illinois’ current education funding system is not what’s best for students – it’s who controls the flow and distribution of taxpayer money.
Education funding for downstate and suburban pre-K-12 schools – i.e., all Illinois school districts outside of Chicago – is one of the state’s highest priorities.
The 2015 fiscal year marks a long-awaited milestone for Illinoisans: taxpayers are less than one year away from tax relief.
Fourteen states and the District of Columbia have been operating state-based health-insurance exchanges under the Affordable Care Act.
Illinois’ municipal pension shortfall, excluding Chicago, has spiked to more than $12 billion from $1 billion just a decade ago. Municipalities are suffering the consequences.
In 2011, Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn and the Illinois General Assembly used a lame duck session to pass a 67 percent personal income tax increase and a 46 percent corporate income tax rate increase.
In this important policy assessment, Joshua Dwyer writes about the sorry state of Chicago's public schools. He asserts that, in 2010, then state Sen.
Illinois is in crisis. According to official government numbers, Illinois has an unfunded pension liability of $96 billion – the worst in the nation.
Illinois’s minimum wage, already high at $8.00 an hour, is set to increase by another 25 cents on July 1, 2010.