Two years ago we – Ted Dabrowski and Mark Glennon – joined forces to build on Wirepoint’s earlier successes. We dedicated ourselves to being the fiscal realists in Illinois. We married data-centric policy research with biting commentary to oppose the bipartisan can-kicking, financial gimmickry and failed governance that’s perpetuated this state’s decline. And we committed ourselves to staying independent from partisan politics.
We’ve succeeded. We know that by our growing audience, the media’s increased interest in our research, and the impact we’re having on actual policy.
After self-funding our efforts for years, we’re ready to expand by increasing our media reach, covering more governments and exposing more of the issues plaguing Illinois. We’re fighting to help make this state work for Illinoisans once again. If our mission aligns with yours, consider supporting us. Now that we’re a 501(c)(3) organization, any support you give is tax deductible.
We’re proud of what we’ve accomplished so far. Our own stories, published on Wirepoints.org and across the web, are viewed hundreds of thousands of times per month, and readership is growing at an accelerating pace. We are a regular presence in local media and frequent guests on radio and television programs. And we’ve been cited nationally by The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Barron’s, The Bond Buyer, Forbes, RealClearPolicy and more. The WSJ Editorial Board alone has featured our research five times in just the last 18 months.
We’ve managed to stop bad policies and implement good ones. For example, our questioning of why the Illinois Treasurer had billions of dollars sitting idle while the state racked up massive penalties on unpaid bills led to a law that saves taxpayers tens of millions of dollars annually. We successfully hammered a proposed pension obligation bond for the city of Chicago, briefing the media and city politicians until the idea was finally pulled. And we blasted a proposal by Chicago Fed economists who suggested a statewide property tax to pay for pensions. Our piece got over one million hits from multiple websites nationwide and the idea has been sidelined since.
Illinois’ crisis is historic and unprecedented. No other state in American history has plunged from success to failure purely as a function of the manner in which it was governed. The path to fixing Illinois will be long and painful, but we plan to be here with the solutions the state needs when fiscal reality finally catches up with its poor decisions.
We’re ready to take Wirepoints to the next level.
Together, we can make a difference.