Watchdog Podcasts: Breaking the Bank — What can we learn from Illinois’ failed pension reform efforts?

By   /  May 22, 2015  /  Accountability, Budget and Spending, California, Finances, Illinois, Issues, Pennsylvania, Pensions, Podcast, State Budgets, State Government, Watchdog Radio  /  No Comments


In this week’s episode, hosts Eric Boehm and Steve Greenhut take a look at the recent state Supreme Court ruling in Illinois that tossed aside a legislative effort to deal with the state’s $100 billion pension debt.

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House GOP freshmen blast Madigan

By   /  May 21, 2015  /  Illinois  /  No Comments

WE DID OUR JOB: Madigan says the House has acted on pension reform.

By Mark Fitton | Illinois News Network
SPRINGFIELD — With bipartisan talks stalled, the governor’s agenda stuck in park and many of their own bills ditched in committee, a group of GOP freshmen House members vented as they called for term limits Wednesday at the Capitol.
In particular, the first-term Republicans aimed their ire at Democrat Michael […]

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Watchdog Podcasts: Sit Down, Shut Up — Live from Chicago, it’s School Choice!

By   /  May 19, 2015  /  Audio, Education, Education Blog, Illinois, Issues, Media, Podcast, State Budgets, State Government, Watchdog Radio  /  No Comments


In this week’s episode, Yount sits down with Paul Brennan at the recent Chicago School Choice Conference to talk about the growth of school choice options across the country. Even though many school choice programs have been limited in their scope and targeted to only the poor, they are undoubtedly working.

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Pension plan gets cool shoulder from House committee

By   /  May 14, 2015  /  Illinois  /  No Comments

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The governor’s plan to address the Illinois pension crisis got a cool reception Wednesday from Democrats on a House personnel and pensions committee.

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The bitter budget fight in Illinois will continue as $6 billion deficit looms

By   /  May 12, 2015  /  Illinois, Watchdog Arena  /  No Comments

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As pressure mounts to balance the FY 2016 budget, debates erupted on the floor of the Illinois House over how to fix the state’s $6 billion budget deficit.

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Education week-in-review: nonsense and passion

By   /  May 8, 2015  /  Colorado, Education, Education Blog, Illinois, Montana, News, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

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By Paul Brennan |
A Philadelphia school leader used one word to describe the claim that charter schools are promoting racial segregation, and a Milwaukee educator had one word to explain why she came out of retirement to teach at a new charter school. expounds on both words, along with plenty more on the most interesting […]

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