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The New Kid on the Worker’s Comp Block

For decades, Chicago’s worker’s compensation program was privately handled by Ald. Edward Burke. It was recently brought to surface that the program was operating under unfair practices, with under-trained staff and a lack of overall knowledge of the program. An audit...

Prepare to Pay More Taxes

Beginning July 1st, the first set of many proposed tax increases on several goods will have taken effect across the state of Illinois. The goal of the increased taxation of these goods is to help fund the newest spending plan to fix state-wide infrastructure, like...

How the Roads of Illinois Mirror Their Finances

Unless you are brand new to Illinois,  you know how terrible our roads are. Severe winters,  tons of salt, and millions of vehicles have taken a toll. Every pothole seems worse than the one before it. When you’re fenced in by traffic on all sides, they are...

The Bill to Kick Out Chicago

Illinois wants a voice. And by Illinois, I don’t mean Chicago, although that would be easy to assume; Illinois is more than its urban epicenter and surrounding collar counties, or at least that is what the rural communities in the state want you to know.

When a Fair Tax is Not Fair

The new Governor and members of his party tout the idea of a “fair tax” when in many ways it could be regarded as the opposite. We shouldn’t be surprised that our lawmakers are unable to define the word “fair” when they are unable to define the word “balanced”.

A Governor’s First 100 Days

Governor Pritzker celebrated his first 100 days in office in April and his office released a list of his accomplishments in these first 100 days. Pritzker came into office with big plans of what he wanted to achieve and the policies that he wanted to enforce.

Fund Consolidation for Pension Relief

But, finally, Governor Pritzker has started to address the $185 billion dollar elephant in the room. One of his proposals in February addressed the subject of our pension debt and organized a task force that would evaluate the use of consolidation.

Asset Transfers for Pension Relief

First, what exactly is “asset relocation”? Well, it’s a fancy term for transferring public assets– ostensibly from a government’s general fund to a pension fund to boost its value. Voila, problem solved, right? Well, not so much.