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As primaries loom, downstate Democrats look for a way back – State Journal-Register

Mirroring national trends, many traditional Democratic constituencies downstate have for one reason or another moved away from the party.

Bruce Rauner vs. the Illinois ‘Mafia’ – Wall Street Journal

Then there’s the other possibility: “Pritzker gets in? Turn out the lights!”

Desperate Chicago School System Looks to Shield Debt from Potential Bankruptcy – The American Interest

Facing junk-bond status as it drowns in underfunded pension obligations, the Chicago public school system is trying to induce investors to buy its debt...

New Affordable Housing Requirements Resulted In Only 11 On-Site Affordable Units for 2016 – The Daily Line

Comment: A horribly burden on developers that, for years, has gotten few results.

Illinois lawmakers close to stopgap budget deal – INN

A deal is close for a stopgap measure to fund government operations through January and a full school year, but reforms to grow the...

CHA’s waiting game – Sun-Times

It’s been 18 months since the Chicago Housing Authority closed its wait list for coveted housing choice vouchers, which pay all or part of...

Recent Wirepoints Originals

Sham Buyout Solution For Illinois Pensions Now Being Exposed – Quicktake

Told ya.

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Chicago’s Lightfoot demands a state taxpayer bailout, then offers CTU a 5-year contract, 14% raise?

Just three weeks ago, Lightfoot was demanding a state taxpayer bailout of her city’s nearly bankrupt pension funds. Now she's offered the Chicago Teachers’ Union a five-year contract that will cost taxpayers $325 million.

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Forever Behind: Unfunded Pensions as a Permanent Hindrance to Competitiveness

New research by Pew Charitable Trusts shows that the disparity between well-funded public pension systems and those that are fiscally strained has never been greater. 

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Event – Wirepoints at AFP on 7/31/19: Unbalancing Act: IL’s Busted Budget

Illinois' 2020 budget is an unbalanced mess. What does that mean for ordinary Illinoisans? Come and listen to Wirepoints President Ted Dabrowski speak on July 31st at Americans For Prosperity in Rolling Meadows to hear the answer.

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Is the Lawsuit To Invalidate Certain Illinois Bonds Frivolous? An Education is at Hand. – Wirepoints Original

On the central issue important to Illinoisans – what the constitutional limits on state borrowing really are – bring it on. Let’s hear it.

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