On this week’s edition of Illinois Rising, Dan Proft and Ted Dabrowski, VP of Policy, Illinois Policy Institute, talk to State Rep. Jeanne Ives (R-Wheaton) about this week’s session to pass a stopgap budget, funding for CPS, and how suburban constituents feel about the idea of bailing out Chicago. Ted discusses his new report showing that Illinois’ spending on state worker pay and benefits has increased 600 percent over the last 15 years turbo-charging the pension crisis. Meanwhile, spending on higher education decreased 8 percent and social service spending increased just 10 percent. Kris Zambo, owner of Dynamite Fireworks in Hammond, talks about the spike he sees in business from Illinois every July. The Brexit news might seem far removed from Chicago, but with Chicago and CPS near bankruptcy, it is more connected than one might think - #Chexit. A major stock market correction or another recession just might put the city over the edge. While on the cusp of bankruptcy, the city’s legislative leaders are tackling the big problems like adults exercising the freedom to make their own choices. New law just took effect in Chicago that raises the smoking age to 21. Happy Independence Day!