We’re still getting beat by Indiana

By   /  September 16, 2014  /  Columns, Commentary, Illinois, News  /  No Comments


Prosperity may not be around the corner, but it certainly is right next door – in Indiana.

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What does it cost taxpayers to pay for lawmakers’ empty Springfield residences?

By   /  September 11, 2014  /  Illinois, News  /  No Comments

Although the Illinois constitution requires all statewide elected officials to have a residence in Springfield – none of the current constitutional officers have made the state capital their primary home.

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IRS dragging feet in release of interstate migration data

By   /  August 27, 2014  /  Illinois, News  /  No Comments

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By Scott Reeder | Illinois News Service
SPRRINGFIELD — The Internal Revenue Service is dragging its feet releasing data on migration of people — and their income — between states.
In the past, it has taken one to two years for the IRS to prepare and release migration information, but now it will take three years, said [...]

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Sometimes we need a break from technology

By   /  August 25, 2014  /  Illinois  /  No Comments

dial up phone

I bought a “new” phone the other day.

My 6-year-old, Anna, gave it a perplexed look.

“Where’s the buttons, Daddy?”

“There isn’t any, dear. It’s what’s called a rotary phone.”

She gave it another skeptical look and walked away.

Yes, when I dial, I actually dial.

An hour or so later when my wife got home from work she, too, gave it a bewildered look and said, “Why did you install that old thing? It doesn’t even have Caller ID. How will we know whether to answer the phone or not?”

Folks, it’s not about nostalgia.

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The state is not a surrogate for the family

By   /  August 12, 2014  /  Illinois  /  No Comments

butter cow

BY SCOTT REEDER | Special to Watchdog.org
SPRINGFIELD – My daughter tugged on my hand and said, “Come on Dad let’s see the Butter Cow.”
So we walked over to the Dairy Building at the Illinois State Fair and gawked at 500 pounds of butter sculpted into the shape of a life-size cow.
The bovine is encased in [...]

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Illinois state fairs run by government appointees, lose money

By   /  August 7, 2014  /  Illinois, News  /  No Comments

BY SCOTT REEDER | Special to Watchdog.org
SPRINGFIELD – The long-time directors of both Illinois State Fair and the DuQuoin State Fair have a lot in common.
Both were disciplined recently for unethical conduct, both have operated their event at a financial loss and both come from political backgrounds with no professional experience managing fairs before taking their jobs with [...]

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