Illinois state government leaders say they will spend a record $38.5 billion and borrow an estimated $11.5 billion over the next year, according to a fiscal year 2019 budget plan approved by Gov. Bruce Rauner.
Although there is no evidence of wrongdoing, an Illinois government official’s close ties to two side businesses that could benefit from his day job presents a problem of optics, according to an op-ed piece by the Illinois Policy Institute.
Adam Schuster, Illinois Policy Institute's director of budget and tax research, is taking aim at state lawmakers for the Illinois Senate's recent passage of a spending bill without doing anything to rein in government spending.
Jerry Morrison, executive director of one of the state's largest public employee unions, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Illinois State Council, says the state's growing tax burden is not to blame for its shrinking population.
Illinois is in deep financial trouble, and state legislators are using some questionable accounting practices to conceal the problem's depth, according to a report published by the Illinois Policy Institute.
The $15.7 billion the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) recently approved in its fiscal year 2019 budget request is bad for the state's economy, a Cato Institute director said during a recent interview.
Illinois Policy Institute CEO John Tillman recently reaffirmed the organization’s commitment to uprooting the state’s current political system in a message to supporters highlighting the organization’s work over the past year.
New data from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) shows that Illinois had a net loss of approximately 86,100 people to other states between 2015 and 2016, a record high according to an analysis from the Illinois Policy Institute.
The evidence-based school funding formula recently adopted in Illinois will drive up costs without the corresponding gains in student performance promised by many school officials and lawmakers, education experts say.