Understandably, retirees and current employees enrolled in the five state pension systems greeted the decision as a victory. And for them it is. Really, though, there are no winners here. This year, just shy of 20 cents of every dollar in state taxes you pay goes toward pensions.
A $2.2 billion pension savings that's unlikely ever to happen and an overly hopeful savings on state employee insurance payments are two of the major flaws in Gov. Bruce Rauner's proposal for the 2016 state budget, says the Civic Federation, the state's leading fiscal watchdog.
Reboot Illinois is talking to the new legislators about what they hope to accomplish during their time in office, their favorite things about the state and what they want Illinoisans to know about them.
Quaker Oats was founded in 1850 as a part of German Mills American Cereal Company. The company changed its name to the Quaker Oats company in 1901. It was the first company ever to register a trademark for breakfast cereal.
It feels like driving around Chicago, all you see is pothole after pothole caused by winter weather. They're terrible for your car, and the traffic caused by construction to fix them is just as frustrating.
Some Illinois mayors are worried about Rauner's Turnaround Agenda for Illinois because they worry it could leave their towns with unfunded mandates -- rules they must follow but no state money to ensure compliance. Nancy Mathieson explains at Reboot Illinois why these worries keep some Illinois mayors up at night.
Illinois government is like the grocery shopper at the checkout with an overflowing cart and a nearly empty wallet. Something's gotta go back onto the shelves. Madeleine Doubek of Reboot Illinois says maybe the salmon should be the first to go.
Some schools offer more value to students than others, even when those schools are similar based on traditional rankings standards. The Brookings Institution looked at colleges and universities in Illinois to determine their "value-added" -- how useful it is for a student to attend a particular school over a similar school.
Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has at least one non-negotiable item on his wish list for the spring legislative session: passing legislative term limits. Rich Miller of Capitol Fax explains.
A week ago, I had the Illinois General Assembly meeting streaming in live on my computer. I wanted to follow the life of HB306, the bill that would bestow upon Illinois parents, the legal right to speak on behalf of their children when it comes to opting out of standardized tests.
The Illinois State Fair is only a few months away, and organizers already are getting Illinoisans excited for some of the musical acts. If you're a fan of country or classic rock, you'll definitely want to check it out.
Please allow me to vent briefly on the "Good Friday Massacre" -- the $26 million in social service cuts issued April 3 by Gov. Bruce Rauner. The big ...
Brunch spots might be a dime a dozen in Chicago, but there are good places to chow down on fluffy pancakes and egg-and-hash-brown skillets throughout the rest of the state too. According to UrbanSpoon rankings, here are five of the best breakfast/brunch places in Illinois outside Chicago.
Illinois' economy is sputtering. And it's not because the state's economic development agency isn't doing its job. In fact, it's partly because the agency exists in the first place.
In Illinois, redistricting is handled by the very legislators who can benefit from the way the political lines are drawn. Reboot Illinois' Madeleine Doubek explains how this gerrymandering reminds her of a Mexican election she covered about 30 years ago.
Exelon has a long history of using political influence to oppose the deployment of renewable energy. Exelon’s political operations may impact the co...