To you who think the establishment narrative about Illinois and its crisis is flawed, we have some good news. Our alternative viewpoint is being heard. Just in the last couple days, over 700,000 readers have clicked to our articles here and on sites that republish us. More importantly, we’re getting our work picked up more and more by the regular media.

That’s why we’re here — we want to be a source for facts and numbers that aren’t getting reported or reflected in policy. We’re always happy to share our research and commentary with politicians, reporters and editorialists, whether they’re on our side or not. Over the last month our work has been cited by The Wall Street Journal, Barrons, Crain’s, Chicago Tribune, ZeroHedge and many local outlets. To the others that haven’t, you might consider that we send you tens of thousands of pageviews, often on stories that reflect much less work than we put into many of ours, so maybe it’s time for some balance.

Please consider signing up for our complimentary daily email, which you can do just by entering your email address in the upper right of this page. You’ll get all our original research and commentary, plus the most significant stories on Illinois government and economy from all sources, hand selected.

Contributions are really appreciated. You can do that online here. While we are not a nonprofit, we certainly don’t have any profits, and are funded almost entirely out of our own pockets.

To you regulars, thanks for keeping the comment section substantive and reasonably polite. We have some very knowledgeable readers here from whom we learn a lot. Sorry if we do not respond to all emails, but please keep them coming when you see a story we missed or have a problem with what we wrote.

On a personal note, I’m so honored and pleased to be be working now with Ted Dabrowski and John Klingner, who teamed up with us last year. It’s inspiring to work alongside them.

-Mark Glennon, founder.

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2 years ago

Congratulations to all. It’s been a real pleasure watching your writing expand its reach. You hit the nail on the head with this website by filling a gaping hole in the media’s coverage of the Illinois fiscal crisis. My sincere gratitude for your efforts.

2 years ago

Mark, we left Illinois after Rauner lost last year’s budget fight, and with JB looking certain to unseat him. But I still work for a Chicago-based company and read the site daily to stay informed. Congratulations and best wishes for continued success.

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2 years ago

“Wirepoints” and “Pension Tsunami” are becoming the “Rotten Tomatoes” of public finance, or so I hope.

2 years ago

As a news junky I have a list of news bookmarks on my ipad that I regularly cycle through daily. Wirepoints is right at the top. With most sites just reading the story titles is enough. But wirepoints is close to home, so I tend to read those whole articles more often. They are always substantive, the stories fill in my knowledge in places where I would formerly just have anger or disgust sitting there! Now I have some facts to go with the madness.

2 years ago

Good for you Mr. Glennon… and good for us! Thank you.

2 years ago

That’s Great news for the tax payers of Illinois. I for one am VERY thankful that you guys are cranking this stuff out. The media cannot be counted on, so there is a desperate need for the truth to be made public, and for the public to be made aware of that truth. Thanks again.