Illinois Policy Institute: Moody’s warns delay of state funding for Illinois schools a ‘credit negative’

SPRINGFIELD/CHICAGO (Illinois Policy Institute) — State lawmakers keep giving ratings agencies reasons to downgrade Illinois government: pension crises, years of bad budgets and a two-year budget impasse are just a few examples. All have caused the credit ratings of various Illinois governments – from cities to universities to the state itself More...

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By Guest Poster On Sunday, July 23rd, 2017
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Roman King: Illinois Can’t Keep Their Ducks in a Row

NOTE: The views expressed in this opinion-editorial do not necessarily reflect the views of its originating publication, 71 Republic, nor reflect the views of this publication, Heartland Newsfeed. Illinois, at this More...

By Guest Poster On Wednesday, July 12th, 2017
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Remembering Henry David Thoreau and Civil Disobedience

Today, July 12, marks the 250th anniversary of the birth of Henry David Thoreau, known best for chronicling his experiment in simple and self-sufficient living in Walden. Less remembered, however, is that while More...

By Guest Poster On Tuesday, July 11th, 2017
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Do Schools Really Need More Money?

Image credit: ajari from Japan                                    CC BY 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons A common chorus of if/then statements dominates most contemporary discussions of education reform: More...

By Guest Poster On Tuesday, July 4th, 2017
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Illinoisans are still waiting for their independence

More than 240 years ago, a group of individuals decided to stand up against a far-off king who taxed them without recourse. Americans honor their efforts each year on Independence Day. But the Illinois General Assembly More...

By Jake Leonard On Sunday, June 18th, 2017
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Illinois Policy Editorial Cartoons for the Week of June 11-17, 2017

Editorial cartoons from this past week from Illinois Policy Institute cartoonist Eric Allie:                                                      More...

By Guest Poster On Wednesday, June 14th, 2017
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With Sessions’ sentencing change, it’s time to end secrecy around private prisons

Attorney General Jeff Sessions recently announced new guidelines (justice.gov) that will result in a significant increase in the prison population, directing federal prosecutors to seek the toughest penalties More...

By Jake Leonard On Monday, June 5th, 2017
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UNACCEPTABLE: A Commentary From The Editor’s Desk

The following is an Editorial Commentary. UNACCEPTABLE – the singular word that perfectly describes and sums up the pain, dysfunction and instability politicians in Springfield have inflicted on Illinoisans More...

By Jake Leonard On Tuesday, February 28th, 2017
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COMMENTARY: Flow of Illinoisans into Indiana is becoming a flood (Illinois Policy)

The following was previously published on the Illinois Policy Institute website. Madelyn Harwood Illinois loses more people to Indiana than it loses to any other surrounding state. And migration data from recent More...

By Jake Leonard On Sunday, February 12th, 2017
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Commentary: 4 reasons Illinois can’t weather another tax increase

Illinois Senate Minority Leader Christine Radogno, R-Lemont, is seen on a television monitor speaking in the governor’s office at the Illinois State Capitol Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015, in Springfield, Ill. Rauner More...