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Illinois Lawmakers are Getting Serious About a Gas Tax Hike

As a native Illinoisan, I'm rarely surprised by the goings-on in Springfield. I mean, after the recent multi-billion dollar tax hike, coupled with dubious claims of balancing the budget that we know aren't true--how could the idea of the state reaching even further into our pockets come as a surprise? It doesn't. But, it's still making me angry.

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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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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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Why Don’t Illinois Lawmakers Look at How Much Bills Cost Before Voting For Them?

I'm guessing that when you go out shopping, you don't just pile items in your cart without looking at what they cost. Unless you're a highly-compensated professional athlete, lottery winner, or all-around rich person, you just can't do it like that.

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What Illinois’ Legislators Are Doing Instead of Balancing the Budget

Illinois is leading the Midwest in outbound migration, leading the Midwest in unemployment, and leading the Midwest in pension debt and unpaid bills. So naturally, our representatives in Springfield are talking about bacon and milkweeds.

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Illinois Policy’s Kristina Rasmussen Breaks Down Springfield’s Grand Bargain on WROK

As an Illinois taxpayer, maybe you're aware of something being worked on in Springfield called "The Grand Bargain." As Illinois Policy's Kristina Rasmussen explained to us today on the WROK Morning Show, given the host of financial problems our state has--it's not grand, and it certainly not a bargain for taxpayers.

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Why is Wisconsin Attracting So Many People From Illinois?

Michael Lucci, director of jobs and growth at IllinoisPolicy.org joined us today on the WROK Morning Show, and he brought with him several startling facts about the state of our state. One big takeaway from our conversation is: Illinois is losing people.

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Illinois is the Only Shrinking State in the Midwest

You probably can't tell from just looking around, but there are fewer fellow Illinoisans around you now than there were just a few short years ago.

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Study: IRS Data Show Illinois Suffered Mass Exodus in 2013

Recently on Chicago Tonight, Illinois Senate President John Cullerton pushed back on Governor Rauner's requests for reforms to go along with new revenue in the budget by saying:
His view of how bad off the state is is a view that I don't agree with...

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