Illinois’ standing in the national business community would only continue its downward spiral under Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s progressive-tax system, according to the latest findings of the Tax Foundation’s State Business Tax Climate Index.
Illinois Republican Party Chairman Tim Schneider lamented on Tuesday that Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s move to sign the minimum wage bill into law is just the start of a process he sees as the new governor turning his back on the promises he made soon after taking office.
Ted Dabrowski, president of the website Wirepoints, says Gov. J.B. Pritzker's first act as governor of Illinois confirms what Wirepoints predicted before he took office: He will not keep promises he made while campaigning.
Legalization of recreational marijuana use in Illinois will almost certainly lead to a sharp increase in the number of motorists driving stoned, studies and surveys in states where pot is legal show. In Colorado, at least, fatal accidents shot up at an alarming rate during a period when legal adult use began in late 2012 followed by sales in 2014. From 2013 to 2015, traffic fatalities there rose 40 percent.
Illinois's "other debt disaster" is $73 billion in unfunded state retiree health insurance benefits and more than twice that amount owed over the next four decades, according to a special report issued this week by an online news outlet.
When totaled, salary and all the perks leave state taxpayers on the hook for an average annual compensation package of around $110,000 for the average state worker, according to a recent report by Wirepoints.
A former economics professor who is an adviser to the Heartland Institute believes the best way to overcome Illinois’ unsustainable debt is to do what no state has done since the 1930s: declare bankruptcy.
The state of Illinois recently moved to an open data management platform, in line with state law and an executive order from Gov. Bruce Rauner, that will make it easier for residents to engage with government data, according to a release.