Illinois municipalities are seeing the results of broken pension funds in real time. And it's not just struggling cities either – even North Shore communities like Evanston are feeling the pinch. When will politicians wake up to the realities in front of them? On this installment of Illinois Rising, Dan Proft and Illinois Policy Marketing Manager Eric Kohn discuss the financial realities Illinois politicians refuse to confront and the prospects that might only get worse after the election. They also discuss the Illinois Republican Party's refusal to compete in what could be competitive elections across the state.
Do IL House and Senate Republicans have any fight left in them? What about for those things they profess to believe most deeply in? Are self-proclaimed pro-lifers, House Leader Durkin and Senate Leader Brady, going to lead the charge and not appropriate money for state-funded abortions? Or will they surrender? Illinois Right to Life lobbyist, Ralph Rivera joins Dan and Amy to discuss.
You pay the highest property taxes in the nation, but politicians want to temporarily freeze them at their unsustainably high rate. We know property taxes will spike again as soon as the freeze expires. For homeowners, it is a death warrant with a temporary stay of the execution. Pat Hughes explains in this week's Two Minute Warning.