Another view of Term Limits

by:  Diane Benjamin Unless Mike Madigan is successful at getting the question off the ballot, Term Limits will be up for vote in November. Some people say Term Limits are being pushed to get rid of Mike Madigan.  That is probably true.  I poll watched a Madigan precinct a few years ago.  Unless he dies […]

Confused about Independent Maps?

by:  Diane Benjamin Mike Madigan doesn’t want the Redistricting Constitutional amendment on the November ballot.  In 2010, since a Democrat was elected governor, Democrats got to redraw the maps.  They used gerrymandering to insured Democrats will completely control Illinois until 2020.  It also insures that Republicans will represent huge areas making it difficult for them […]

Millionaires Tax: Madigan not so smart

by:  Diane Benjamin “Tax the Rich” has been the mantra of Democrats for way too many years.  It works for them because average people don’t understand economics.  They fail to understand that “RICH” people employ other people.  Average citizens also fail to understand that “RICH” people can live anywhere they want.  If they are constantly […]

State Universities Retirement System option provides model for Illinois pension reform

6/14/2013 by:  Ben VanMetre Senior Budget and Tax Policy Analyst Illinois Policy Institute The Illinois General Assembly is gearing up for a special session to discuss pensions next week because of lawmakers’ reform inaction during the recent spring session, which resulted in back-to-back credit rating downgrades. The debate during session will likely be over which of two plans […]

Tell Illinois Democrats THANKS!

Illinois` tipping point: Highest unemployment rate in Midwest CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) – It may be the most painful symptom of the economic illness that has put Chicago at a tipping point: our unemployment rate is the highest in the Midwest. It’s almost two percentage points higher than the national average. More than 600,000 are looking for […]

$17 Million a day – UPDATE

Fitch Ratings, one of three major ratings agencies, today lowered Illinois’ credit rating after lawmakers failed to enact a solution to fix the state’s nearly $100 billion pension shortfall. The firm said it would drop the Illinois rating from “A” to “A-.” Illinois already has the lowest rating in the nation. Lower ratings mean paying higher […]

MORRISON: WE MUST RETHINK OLD IDEAS ABOUT RETIREMENT

By Tom Morrison –  As a citizen of Illinois, I am tremendously grateful for the service provided by public sector employees. They have dedicated their careers to keeping us safe, educating our children and working to maintain the infrastructure we rely on as we go about our daily lives. Unfortunately, as House Speaker Michael Madigan […]

School Funding – Illinois

Chicago and downstate pols having been fighting over state money ever since the Windy City rose from the swamps along Lake Michigan. So regional funding squabbles are nothing new in the Illinois General Assembly. But to hear House Speaker Mike Madigan talk, one might think a bunch of downstate yokels are chowing down on feast […]

State Legislative Races Matter

2012 ELECTION OCTOBER 31, 2012 BY: JOHN DYSLIN While much of the election focus has been on the race for president, Illinois voters must not lose sight of the significance of the many races for State Representative and State Senator. In order for any change to begin in Illinois or for Illinois to even begin heading in the […]

FIDDLING WHILE ILLINOIS BURNS

October 26, 2012 – (Rockton, Illinois) – Early voters are flocking to county clerk’s offices across the state, but, sadly, most will be surprised when the first thing they encounter on their ballot is Illinois Constitution Amendment 49. The amendment purports to protect taxpayers from rash simple majority votes on state employee pension benefits by […]

More on Amendment 49-Constitutional Amendment

Illinois amendment would eliminate constitutional protections CHAMPAIGN, Ill. – A little-publicized amendment to the Illinois Constitution on this November’s ballot could have a big impact on the pensions and health care of state workers if Illinois voters approve it, a University of Illinois expert in legal policy says. According to John Kindt, a professor emeritus […]

More on Amendment 49-Public Unions Beware

See previous post: https://blnnews.com/2012/09/12/surprise-amendment-49-in-the-nov-ballot/ The amend is being promoted as: The Illinois Public Pension Amendment will appear on the November 6, 2012 ballot in Illinois as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment. If passed, the measure would require a three-fifths approval by the General Assembly, city councils, and school districts that wish to increase the pension benefits […]

Congratulations Democrats!

by Diane Benjamin You are now SLAVES to the public sector unions in Illinois. How does it feel to be bought and paid for? You can’t fund pensions and you can’t change benefits – the union leaders will call out their thugs.  The phones in Springfield will overload when the union heads tell their people […]

Rent the U-Haul NOW!

Progressive income tax: Brought to you by Illinois unions 8/21/2012 by Paul Kersey Director of Labor Policy Illinois Policy Institute A coalition of progressive groups is beginning to coalesce around a proposal to create a progressive income tax in Illinois.  Under their plan state income tax rates will increase as one reaches higher incomes, up […]

I support Ron Dozier – Update

by Diane Benjamin So, Lisa Madigan can refuse to defend a law passed by both Houses in Springfield and signed by the Governor that:  Marriage is between a man and a women. Ron Dozier refuses to prosecute otherwise law abiding citizens because they have a gun since the US Supreme Court ruled citizens have a right to […]

Sen Bill Brady Votes by Accident – UPDATE!

by Diane Benjamin Once again the Republican Party in Illinois shows ZERO leadership ability.  The final session of the legislature was a circus created by Mike Madigan to pass whatever legislation he approved of, a lot of it created to benefit his law clients. See http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/ct-met-madigan-medicaid-20120602,0,824489,full.story What did the Republicans do?  Walk out? Refuse to […]