Progressives Claim ‘We’re not broke, we’ve been robbed’

By Kathryn Watson WASHINGTON, D.C. — From the tea party movement to Occupy Wall Street, there’s no denying a general state of discontent with the way Washington is handling the economy. That discontent was the fuel to the fire that drew scores of progressives to the New Populism Conference in Washington, D.C., on Thursday. “This is not the […]

Rockford Mayor: Illinois cities should be able to file for bankruptcy

SPRINGFIELD – Rockford Mayor Larry Morrissey said Wednesday that Illinois towns and cities would be in a better position to face their public safety pension obligations if they had the ability to file for bankruptcy. The statement came during a downstate and suburban mayors’ news conference held in Illinois’ state capitol. “If the state doesn’t give authorization […]

Pat Quinn 2014 State of the State: We Made a Comeback, Jobs are Being Created, Companies are Moving Here

In listening to Gov. Pat Quinn give the 2014 State of the State address today, it is clear he is as delusional as President Obama was last night in his State of the Union address.  He continually repeated the following themes: We’ve made a comeback Getting the job done Finish the job Equality and fairness […]

Taxes and Spending – Kirk Dillard

The following article was originally published here in Feb. 2008. Dillard helped pass Governor Blagojevich’s handout scheme that provides free public transportation to all senior citizens, even the wealthy. HB0656 concurred with the Governor’s amendment to provide free public transportation to senior citizens aged 65 and older. (2008) Dillard voted for Governor Blagojevich’s Transportation Act. […]

Looming pension payment could drive city taxes to highest in U.S.

It’s possible that Chicken Little was right. Next year, Chicago must come up with a state-mandated $590 million increase in its contribution to police and fire pension funds. A Crain’s analysis of the city’s tax and budget options shows that payment could lead to the highest commercial property tax rate in the nation and still […]

Quinn budget office projects $4 billion hole by 2016

Any forecast three years into the future has more than a little wiggle room in it, and this one is no exception. Still, the bottom line in the report is pretty darned terrifying for a state that still has billions of dollars in overdue bills to pay. Specifically, the report projects that by fiscal 2016 […]

Public Enemy No. 1

What do Dennis Rodman, Rod Blagojevich and Jesse Jackson Jr. have in common with Illinois state government? Despite having large incomes, they’ve each found themselves teetering on the brink of insolvency. When I was younger, celebrity bankruptcies used to puzzle me. How is it that high-earners such as Wesley Snipes, Willie Nelson or Burt Reynolds […]

How Big Government Harms America’s Young People

(Washington, D.C., Tuesday, June 11, 2013) The Center for Freedom and Prosperity Foundation (CF&P) released today its latest “Economics 101” video, which details how big government is undermining the future of America’s youth. Entitled, “How Big Government Undermines Your Future,” the video shows young people that big government is the common factor when it comes to the most serious […]

Senger Calls on Congress to Stop Student Loan Rate Increase

SPRINGFIELD – With interest rates on the most popular federal student loans scheduled to double on July 1, State Representative Darlene Senger (R-Naperville) introduced a resolution calling on congress to take actions necessary to stop the rate increase. “Unless federal legislation is passed to stop the rate hike, the interest rate on the most popular student […]

End your relation on a happy note by paying off your ex spouse’s credit card debts

In this modern era, money is the root clause of all problems as most of the divorces are leading from financial issues. When you’re filing for separation, you’re already undergoing emotional stress and the problem aggravates when momentary matters are related to divorce. In certain cases, the financial issues do not get over with separation […]