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Budget won't pull IL out of financial straits; Residents can 'look forward' to more taxes, U of C prof says

Kacie Whaley Jul. 24, 2017, 7:01pm

Illinois ended its two-year budget hiatus earlier this month, but the state's financial plan still lacks the essentials needed to sustain it over the long term, according to a University of Chicago professor.

Bill that would limit liability in employing ex-offenders stalls in Illinois House of Representatives

Laura Halleman Jun. 28, 2017, 4:01pm

Legislation that would have made it less risky for employers to hire ex-offenders is now delayed in the Illinois House of Representatives.

New Illinois Policy Institute book suggests 12 constitutional amendments to fix IL's problems

The Cook County Record May 17, 2017, 6:56pm

As Illinois’ financial, political and legal troubles continue to mount, a new book, issued by one of the state’s leading voices for reform, suggests the questions facing the state can largely be answered by amending the state’s constitution.

Illinois now ringed by right-to-work states after Missouri joins trend

Christopher Knoll Feb. 21, 2017, 11:17pm

This month, Illinois found itself surrounded by right-to-work (RTW) states when Missouri's new Republican governor completed the encirclement by signing into law legislation that riled the state’s unions.

Pension payments likely to continue even in case of Illinois government shutdown

John Breslin Feb. 9, 2017, 5:21pm

What could happen with pension payments in the aftermath of a government shutdown is the “law school hypothetical from hell,” said one labor lawyer in the wake of the Illinois attorney general's legal play to break the budget impasse.

Partial impasse declaration partial wins for taxpayers, union; more talks to come

Taryn Phaneuf Sep. 15, 2016, 5:16pm

The state has entered unfamiliar territory after an administrative law judge determined Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and the largest state employee union have reached a partial impasse in contract negotiations, said an attorney who focuses on labor relations for the Illinois Policy Institute.

Logging In: Growing class actions use IL biometric privacy law to target social media titans, many others

Stephanie N. Grimoldby Jul. 6, 2016, 10:17am

Illinois' unique law to protect biometric privacy has already had an impact, as several of social media's giants have been hit with class action lawsuits alleging their photo sharing policies ran afoul of it. But in coming years, those actions could rope in a growing number of businesses of many sizes, as judges have begun to determine the statute, enacted in 2008, could have implications far beyond even social media or Illinois' state borders.

History not a guide for possible Chicago Public Schools bankruptcy

Amanda Robert Jun. 27, 2016, 1:10pm

Even as Illinois' governor has openly discussed the possibility the Chicago Public Schools could seek bankruptcy protection, a municipal bankruptcy expert has noted only four school districts have declared Chapter 9 bankruptcy in the past 62 years, and two of those abandoned the process.

Some pushing bankruptcy as solution to troubled Illinois public budgets

The Cook County Record Apr. 20, 2016, 4:19pm

In Illinois, increasing pension obligations are consuming more of its taxpayers’ dollars, pushing cities and towns to cut core services and raise property taxes just to keep up with the payments, policy experts say.

Madigan comes up short on SB 1229 override

Hilary Gowins Yelvington Sep. 8, 2015, 6:42am

House Speaker Mike Madigan said on multiple occasions he had the votes to override the governor’s veto.

Illinois work comp reform proposals center on call for causation standards

Amanda Robert May 13, 2015, 10:06am


Right-to-work: Will it help or hinder Illinois' economy? Public policy thinkers weigh in

Amanda Robert May 5, 2015, 9:59am


Key to real pension reform is HB3303

The Cook County Record Jun. 26, 2013, 1:33pm

To the Editor: