Illinois State Rep. Dan Ugaste (R-Geneva) is convinced the Illinois Senate’s unanimous passage of a bill requiring all new state workers to reside within the boundaries of the state screams desperation.
Years of unbalanced budgets, unpaid bills, pension shortfalls and a collapse in manufacturing jobs are among 20 "facts" that Democrat Gov. J.B. Pritzker doesn't want "ordinary Illinoisans" to know, an online news service said earlier this week.
According to the latest U.S. Census Bureau data, at least 1.5 million residents have fled Illinois since the start of the new millennium, and Wirepoints website places the bulk of the blame squarely on the state’s “lethal combination of rising property taxes and stagnant incomes.”
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.
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.