With Illinois' state pension liability 17 percent more than it was last year, the vice president of a Chicago-based think tank recently said that 401(k)-style plans for public employees would go a long way toward easing the pension crisis.
Already struggling under a multi-tiered fiscal burden, Illinois taxpayers are now confronting incontrovertible evidence of serious fiscal setbacks in their state as a new report revealed staggering amounts of pension debt and escalating red ink.
On Tuesday, the University of Illinois System rejected calls from students and activists to declare its three locations “sanctuary campuses," but only five days prior, the City Colleges of Chicago Board of Trustees adopted a formal resolution declaring itself a “welcoming campus” for students and employees who are in the country illegally.
The Illinois House failed to garner the votes needed to overturn Gov. Bruce Rauner's veto of Senate Bill 250, which would have automatically registered Illinois residents to vote when they make government transactions, such as renewing a driver's license.
In an overwhelming majority of states, the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) provides benefits to families with illegal immigrant wage earners in them while denying benefits to identical families of U.S. citizens having the same incomes, according to a report from the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS).
Citing worrisome data that indicates millennials are fleeing the state and taking their families with them, a Chicago-based conservative think tank is urging state lawmakers to pass pro-growth reforms.
The state's largest public employee union is calling for Gov. Bruce Rauner to continue negotiating after talks were declared to be at an impasse earlier this month, but further talks with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) would be pointless, an attorney for a Chicago-based think tank said recently.
The Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) recently released the latest data on the state's unemployment rate and job growth, and although 2,200 new jobs were created, the unemployment rate increased to 5.6 percent.
Despite the Illinois Senate’s recent vote to override Gov. Bruce Rauner’s veto on automatic voter registration, the State House failed to follow suit on Monday, resulting in a no-go for the legislation.
Chicago city aldermen's recent anxiety over not getting an expected perk in the form of World Series tickets at face value is indicative of politics in that city, the co-founders of a Chicago-based public policy think tank said during a recent radio conversation.
The State of Illinois has instituted many solid transparency laws over the years, but it appears that these laws do not apply to many public officials, who flat out refuse to follow them, an advocacy group said.