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Taking a Look at Illinois’ Economic Health Compared to Other States

We haven't had a working budget in the Land of Lincoln for years. We've got pension problems galore, the highest property taxes in the nation, and a pile of overdue bills that would make the strongest desk sag under the weight. So really, could any state be in worse economic shape that we are? In a word: yes. 

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Congressman Adam Kinzinger Visited with the WROK Morning Show Today

Congressman Adam Kinzinger checked in with us this morning for his monthly visit, and we got his take on the Comey testimony, North Korean missles, British elections, and the recent spate of terrorism in Europe.

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It Turns Out That Illinois Doesn’t Have Budget Problems–We Have Catfish Problems

Put the budget and the other financial problems Illinois is having on the back burner! As Illinois taxpayers wait to see if lawmakers can craft a budget before session ends May 31, the Illinois House of Representatives passed a bill prohibiting restaurants from labeling a menu item as catfish unless it actually contains catfish. Seriously.

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Credit Downgrade Aside, How is Illinois Doing When it Comes to Jobs?

There was a lot of discussion yesterday (with a lot more coming in the future) about Illinois' credit this week after Moody's Investors Service and S&P Global Ratings downgraded Illinois credit rating to near junk status. The next part of the discussion will be what effect the downgrade will have on Illinois' jobs market.

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Why Are So Many Millennials Leaving or Planning on Leaving Illinois?

There has been plenty of discussion recently about how our state of Illinois is leading the Midwest in what's called outbound migration. Outbound migration is another way of saying "leaving where they are and heading to someplace else," as in getting out of Illinois for better opportunities elsewhere.

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Moving Truck Prices Illustrate the High Demand to Leave Illinois

We've discussed the fact that Illinois is leading the Midwest in outbound migration before in this space (Here, here, and here), and we've covered the reasons, starting with high property taxes, that people are looking to get out. Now, taking a look at what a moving truck rental costs people who are leaving Illinois really drives the point home.

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Congressman Adam Kinzinger on Comey, North Korea, and Healthcare

Congressman Adam Kinzinger joins us monthly on the WROK Morning Show, almost always from Washington, DC. This morning, however, Kinzinger is in town for a discussion on economics and job growth, so he decided to stop by our studios for a chat.

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Thanks to NIU’s Matt Streb For Almost 10 Years with the WROK Morning Show

For almost a decade, political science professor and NIU's faculty athletic representative Matt Streb has joined us weekly to discuss any and everything related to the world of politics.

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It Turns Out That Illinois is a Pretty Good State for Working Moms

With Mother’s Day around the corner and more than 70 percent of moms with young children working today, the personal-finance website WalletHub conducted an in-depth analysis of 2017’s Best & Worst States for Working Moms.  And, guess what? The Land of Lincoln is among the best places for a working mom to be.

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Remember Cursive Handwriting? Springfield Says Your Kids Need to Learn It

I remember being a kid in school learning what was then called "penmanship." It was also referred to as "script," or "cursive." Whatever it was labeled, I soon discovered that I had virtually no aptitude for it whatsoever.

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