Democrats attempt second override of union arbitration bill

Two days after the Illinois House of Representatives failed to override the governor’s veto of a controversial binding arbitration bill, Democratic state Rep. Chris...

Mike’s rules: How Madigan killed Illinois democracy

On a single day in 2011, Illinois lawmakers introduced and passed the largest tax hike in modern state history in a matter of hours....

Illinois’ opioid crisis and the dark side of workers’ comp

When an Illinoisan gets hurt at work, she goes to the doctor. The doctor treats her, and perhaps prescribes a painkiller. She gets better....

HB 580, AFSCME undermine fair contract negotiations

Gov. Bruce Rauner vetoed House Bill 580 on Monday, a bill that strips taxpayers of representation during the state’s negotiations with government-worker unions. The...

How Illinois politicians pick their voters

Springfield saw the arrival of a curious contraption May 5. Outside the Illinois State Board of Elections was a 36-foot-long file cabinet, filled with...

Madigan muzzles Illinoisans on term limits

When Mike Madigan first took his seat in the Illinois House of Representatives, the wide-eyed youth of the world were proclaiming the virtues of...

The SEIU is hurting Illinois caregivers

Illinois politics is too often a master class in masking true intentions. A legislative push by the Service Employees International Union and some state...

Suburban Democrat to oppose progressive tax

Less than a week after Democrats proposed replacing Illinois’ flat income tax with a graduated tax system, the measure may already be on its...

Jobs are the ultimate crime stoppers

Susan Trieschmann was sick of hearing the same story. Kid grows up in a dangerous household. Kid commits a crime. Kid says he never...

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