You'll need to dig deep to pop for a soda in the Chicago area, according to the Better Government Association (BGA), which says the new Cook County beverage tax has made it one of the most expensive places in the United States for soft drinks.
Gov. Bruce Rauner believes House Speaker Mike Madigan practices "legislative extortion," hurting the state in order to advance his own agenda, according to remarks Rauner made on a Chicago radio show recently.
Before the recently passed budget, Illinoisans could at least point to their 3.75 percent state income tax rate as being relatively low, even if their property taxes are relatively high, a policy pro said on a Chicago-based radio program recently.
While every state around it continues to grow in population and prosperity, Illinois keeps shrinking under the strain of higher taxes and more regulations, Michael Lucci, vice president of policy for the Illinois Policy Institute, said in an article on the institute's website.
Chicagoans could see a 28.2 percent monthly tax increase on land and cell phone lines billed to a city address if Gov. Bruce Rauner signs into law a measure that crept through the Legislature earlier in June.
The nation needs to call for civility in political discourse before more violence is committed against politicians, such as the shooting of a congressman in Alexandria, Virginia, earlier this month, a radio show producer said recently.
Mike “Mish” Shedlock, a senior fellow at the Illinois Policy Institute and financial adviser at Washington state-based Sitka Pacific Capital Management, has independently confirmed that Chicago’s police pension is poised to be broke before 2021.
The Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 7, the Chicago Police Department union, responded to projections estimating the Policemen’s Annuity and Benefit Fund of Chicago will require a taxpayer bailout to pay for retiree benefits in four years.
Illinois’ average personal income growth since the Great Recession is tied with Nevada for the worst in the country, according to data from the Pew Charitable Trusts recently published on the Illinois Policy Institute website.
Traditional news outlets have been resorting to name-calling and disparagement because they fear their way of controlling the narrative is dying, an Illinois Policy Institute writer said on a radio show recently.