ALLOWING MUNICIPAL BANKRUPTCY MUST BE PRIORITY FOR ILLINOIS MARK GLENNON  June 7, 2016 OPINION https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hnGExrTcRcs In the dozens of articles you probably read in the last few months about our fiscal crisis, what’s the universal omission? A solution. No analyst, officeholder or commentator has...
Useless committees provide political pay raises for state lawmakers  From Illinois Policy How do you reward members for their vote to re-elect you Speaker? Create new committees and dole out bonuses. Buried in the House rules lawmakers passed in January are...
Steve Balich Editors note: The State of Illinois Democrat majority refuses to address their excessive spending problem. Now our Republican Governor, makes Illinois the only State in the Union to provide abortions paid for by the taxpayer. Prior to this...
You and I knew Illinois’s political system was broken. But I have to admit it’s even worse than I thought – and that’s saying something because I thought it was pretty bad. You supported me because I said I was...
Editors Note: Staff expects raises each year as well as more money for adding responsibility. Each non-union employee seems to feel they need more because they do more or because they have done a good job for a long time....
Illinois' pension debt grew more in one year than half of states' entire budgets By Cole Lauterbach and Greg Bishop | Illinois News Network Greg Bishop | Illinois News Network ILLINOIS NEWS NETWORK In one year, Illinois' pensions added more debt than...
Regularly scheduled spring session ended on May 31st, but the State of Illinois remains in an unprecedented financial situation. We return to Springfield this Wednesday. Still No Budget         As I’m sure you know by now Speaker Madigan attempted...
  From Illinois Policy  By John Tillman Illinois has been without a state budget for almost two years. I talk every week with state lawmakers, and many of them feel worn down. Unfortunately, many no longer care what’s in the budget....
What gives, Sullivan? Sun, 12/18/2016 - 7:00am | The News-Gazette By ADAM ANDRZEJEWSKI OpenTheBooks.com Earlier this spring, at OpenTheBooks.com, we identified more than 50,000 Illinois public employees who make at least $100,000 per year. These "highly compensated" public servants cost Illinois taxpayers over $8...
Vague Promises of Debt Relief for Greece By THE EDITORIAL BOARD MAY 30, 2016 NY Times The Greek Parliament building last week. CreditAngelos Tzortzinis/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images European leaders congratulated themselves last week for reaching an agreement to provide more loans to...

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