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Frustrated? Call (217) 782-5350. Ask for Mike.

We have 19 days until the end of the legislative session, and how have we spent the month of May so far? We didn’t meet at all during the first week, and this past week was spent passing resolutions and … Continue reading

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The Governor’s SOTS Speech, What He Said and What He Didn’t Say

Every “State of” speech I’ve ever heard follows the same script: A recitation of accomplishments achieved since the previous speech; A shopping list of proposals to be addressed before the next one; and A reminder that those who stand in … Continue reading

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There Are No Clean Hands in the Pension Debate

In its May 8th decision, the Supreme Court couldn’t have been plainer as to the priority of pension obligations in the state budget, and placed the greatest portion of the blame for the condition of the pension funds squarely where … Continue reading

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What Happens If Our Pension Plans Go Broke?

We’re now seeing the real face of Illinois’ pension crisis by the cuts being proposed by Governor Rauner in his 2016 budget. In Fiscal 2016, Illinois will owe $6.8 billion to its 5 pension plans, which will account for roughly … Continue reading

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Rauner’s Trying to Avoid Reagan’s Mistake

In 1982, Ronald Reagan signed the Tax Equity and Fiscal Responsibility Act (TEFRA). TEFRA was a bill that increased taxes, and was part of a grand bargain that the President entered into with the Democrat-controlled Congress to increase taxes by … Continue reading

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