Illinois budget crisis

Happy Taxiversary!

The Fourth of July week marked the one-year anniversary of the day politicians ended the budget impasse with a permanent 32 percent income tax increase. And we’re no better off than we were last year. In fact, our economy is worse, the job market is weaker, and our credit rating hasn’t improved at all.  Pat Hughes says we shouldn't be celebrating in this week's Two Minute Warning.


Behind The Budget Vote In Springfield

The ruling class politicians in Illinois' General Assembly passed yet another unbalanced budget. Leaders from both parties are taking victory laps on this flawed spending plan. What discussions were taking place behind closed doors prior to the vote? Were rank and file legislators really united?  Why did a group of courageous Republicans vote no against tremendous pressure from their leader? Upstream Ideas went to Springfield the day before the vote to get the scoop on the actual budget process and find out at what negotiations were really like. 


"Fire The 15" Campaign Launch

The "Fire the 15" campaign begins today to rid the General Assembly of the 15 Surrender Republicans who voted with Speaker Madigan and Democrats to pass a budget that included 32% permanent tax hike with no reforms. How much effort did the Governor put into corralling the 15 Surrender Republicans? Why does the IL Republican Party repeatedly fail to make their case and advance their vision, instead of just staking out the safest position? Is it time for a leadership change in the IL House Republican Caucus? State Representative Tom Morrison (R-Palatine) joins Dan Proft and Kristin McQueary to discuss.

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Weakness Begets Aggression

Weakness begets aggression, just ask Illinois Republicans. Pat Hughes explains in this edition of Two Minute Warning.

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Democrats' Fake Reform

Lawmakers are trying to rush a budget at the end of special session, so House Democrats finally put forth a plan, which includes a property tax freeze. But the plan offers no real relief for struggling taxpayers. On this edition of Illinois Rising, Dan Proft and Pat Hughes break this down with WirePoints.com's Mark Glennon, and discuss what real property tax relief should look like. They also discuss the soon-to-be insolvent Chicago police pension, and waste throughout Chicago Public Schools, as well as financial recklessness at the county level.








Durkin, What Are You Doing?

A group of Republican lawmakers – led by House Minority Leader Jim Durkin – are falling in line behind a budget that includes a massive income tax increase. Pat Hughes explains in this week’s Upstream Ideas’ Two Minute Warning.


Bruce Rauner's Capitulation

Illinois lawmakers are back in Springfield for a special session, and both Republicans and Democrats have tax hikes top of mind. On this edition of Illinois Rising, Dan Proft and Pat Hughes take calls from concerned Illinoisans and discuss why Republicans – led by Gov. Bruce Rauner – are capitulating and supporting tax hikes. They also talk to a downstate taxpayer activist who is fighting back against skyrocketing property taxes by taking the issue to court.

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Illinoisans Talk About The Budget Crisis

As the General Assembly heads into its second week of Special Session, the pressure on legislators to pass a budget that inflicts a substantial income tax hike, raises the corporate tax rate and increases a menagerie of sales taxes is intensifying. Illinoisans already pay the highest property taxes and overall tax burden in the nation. Will they Follow the Logic of a massive tax hike with no spending reforms?

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Spending Money We Don’t Have

The Illinois General Assembly is in special session beginning Wednesday. Can Democrats be bribed with ice cream to pass a constitutionally balanced budget without raising taxes? Will Illinois be kicked out of the Powerball? Is the proposed property tax freeze really a freeze? Will Speaker Madigan compromise? State Senator Jim Oberweis (R-Aurora) joined Dan & Amy to answer these questions and more.


Reforming Illinois' Constitution

Five state universities in Illinois were just downgraded to Junk Status with the rest of the state close behind. Does Illinois need a Constitutional Convention to completely re-write the State Constitution? If we have a balanced budget provision in the State Constitution, why don't we have a balanced budget? What reforms could - and should - be made through constitutional amendments? Short of a constitutionally balanced budget is there a pathway to budget resolution before the 2018 election?  Jacob Huebert, Senior Attorney at Liberty Justice Center (An Illinois Constitution for the 21st Century) joins Dan and Amy to discuss.

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