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  • 07.19.2018
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Forbes: No, Illinois Hasn’t Solved Its Pension Crisis

This one's for my Illinois readers, given that our legislators and our governor have been patting themselves on the back for passing a budget with enough spending generosity and accounting gimmicks to (they hope) make constituents happy. And amon...

  • 07.19.2018
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Crain’s Chicago Business: What the Supreme Court’s new majority means for Illinois’ fiscal mess

With a new majority set to take control of the U.S. Supreme Court, it's time to look forward and consider how it may ultimately resolve Illinois' long-running fiscal crisis. As it did with its recent landmark ruling on public-sector unions, the co...

  • 07.19.2018
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Crain’s Chicago Business: U of I president urges ‘big-picture’ education reform

The president of the University of Illinois System says the state needs a more strategic, big-picture approach to its public education system. No one has proffered the kind of reform that integrates public high schools, through to higher educatio...

  • 07.16.2018
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State Journal-Register: Our View: A year after the impasse, all is not well

It’s been a year since the two-year state budget impasse ended. Illinois started the new fiscal year July 1 with a budget in place, which was agreed to — on time, no less — with widespread bipartisan support. Don’t think for a second that means...

  • 07.07.2018
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State Journal-Register: Springfield recovering after impasse, but will it last?

By the time the Illinois budget impasse was about to careen into its third year last summer, its impact was felt across the state. Perhaps no area felt the blow as much as Springfield, where a disproportionate number of state workers live and w...

  • 07.07.2018
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State Journal-Register: A year after impasse ends, work still needed on state finances

During the height of the state’s budget impasse, Comptroller Susana Mendoza’s office regularly had to “triage” bills. It was a process where businesses or organizations facing severe financial problems had their payments moved to the head of th...

  • Elections 2018: Seeking Fiscal Solutions - July 19 in Peoria

    - July 19, 2018
    Peoria City Hall, 419 Fulton St., Peoria

    Election 2018: Seeking Fiscal Solutions hosted by NPR Illinois & supported by AARP Illinois.  Join us for this free town hall forum on July 19 to share your ideas for solutions and concerns regarding Illinois’ ongoing fiscal crisis.  Click HERE to learn more and RSVP and learn more.

    A reception begins at 5:30 and the event begins at 6:00 p.m.