A constitutional right for union leaders to spike their taxpayer-guarantied pensions by working for their unions, while DNA evidence for 750 murders goes ignored for lack of 11 new workers who would surely cost less than the pensions. Illinois has its priorities.
How far has respect for freedom of speech sunk? How unaware are some Illinois lawmakers about constitutional protection for speech? House Bill 5977, now pending in the Illinois General Assembly, informs us.
What cities are best positioned to shoulder additional responsibilities as federal leaders seek to cut the federal budget and workforce and reduce regulatory authority in Washington? Not Chicago, says Brookings.
"On hot mic, @GovRauner asks House GOP leader Jim Durkin (R-Western Springs) why he didn't carry the stack of budget docs out for him to sign. Durkin jokes that he didn't know if that'd be a "perp walk." They know. They all know. Republicans and Democrats alike.
Remember when, in 2013, a reform plan passed by the Illinois General Assembly for the Chicago Park District's pension fund was held up by some as an example of a cooperative approach to fixing pensions?Silly you, if you believed it.
If you long to see a politician just say what he thinks to a lying activist, refresh yourself by watching the video linked here of Bob Bielinski, Village President of Wilmette at a board meeting last week.
State Rep. Will Guzzardi wants the government to pay off his and all other student loans debts. What he's really asking is for taxpayers to pay for universities' bloated administrations and outrageously compensated bureaucrats. Even the Senate Democratic Caucus agrees that Illinois higher education needs reform.
The total amount of city, county and state retirement debt Chicagoans are on the hook for is $150 billion. That's nearly $145,000 per household. Most can’t afford to pay that debt. If politicians put the burden only households earning $200,000 or more, those Chicagoans will be on the hook for more than $2 million in government retirement debts each.
Ted told WJPF all about how much retirement debt Illinois households are really on the hook for: downstate households owe $75,000 and Chicago households owe nearly $150,000. Those are impossible numbers for Illinoisans to pay.