Rauner, Dems still butting heads

By   /  June 10, 2015  /  Illinois  /  No Comments


By Mark Fitton | Illinois News Network
SPRINGFIELD — Another day in Springfield passed Tuesday without a visible inch of movement in the deadlock between Gov. Bruce Rauner and legislative Democrats.
The Republican governor Tuesday afternoon decried a pair of House votes and a full-Senate hearing as “a waste of time.”
“That’s not a sincere focus on the […]

Read More →

Deadline’s gone but showdown is on

By   /  June 1, 2015  /  Illinois  /  No Comments


SPRINGFIELD — The scheduled spring legislative session ended Sunday with no budget and no action on the governor’s “Turnaround Illinois” agenda.

Read More →

Democrats readying $36 billion budget

By   /  May 26, 2015  /  Illinois  /  No Comments


SPRINGFIELD —House Speaker Michael Madigan on Monday announced Democrats will spend the next several days preparing a roughly $36.3 billion spending plan that they admit is about $3 billion out of balance.

Read More →

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.

Read More →

House GOP freshmen blast Madigan

By   /  May 21, 2015  /  Illinois  /  No Comments


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 […]

Read More →

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.

Read More →