THE BIGGEST LOSER Illinois lost
OfficeMax to Florida this week, but it's always the loser in the never-ending
game of "Let's Make a Deal" it plays with corporations that threaten
to leave if they don't get tax breaks. Job-starved Illinois needs a sound
policy for all businesses, not for a select few. More here.
MADIGAN'S TAKE Yesterday's
email contained an incorrect link for House Speaker Michael Madigan's opinion
on corporate tax breaks. This is an important statement on the state's business
policy. Read it here.
HIGH STAKES The Illinois
Supreme Court eventually will decide whether the pension reform bill passed
last week will stand as law. The plaintiffs in that lawsuit will be Illinois
public employee unions. Today's chart takes a look at how much campaign money the seven
justices have received from those unions.
KNOW YOUR JUSTICES Four Democrats,
three Republicans, one very big decision. Find out more about your Illinois
Supreme Court justices in this infographic.
RUSH HOUR In 2000, U.S.
Rep. Bobby Rush got a $1 million grant to establish the Bobby Rush Center for
Community Technology. Today, the money's gone and there's no tech center. The
Better Government Association and Chicago Sun-Times dig in. Click here.
IN THE WAREHOUSE The Better
Government Association loves the new database for searching state government
business. You will too. Find out more about
The Warehouse here.
PENSION PASSION The new pension
law soon will be in the hands of the Illinois Supreme Court, but Scott Reeder
of the Illinois Policy Institute is not going let it go quietly. In today's
column, he invokes his late grandmother, Iwo Jima and the "I Have a
Dream" speech in denouncing last week's pension action. No matter what side you're on, don't
miss this one.
TOP 5 Here's a look at headlines from around Illinois today:
- 5. A top union official says Michael Madigan’s crackdown on corporate tax breaks is welcomed, but isn’t enough to atone for the pension reform bill. (Chicago Sun-Times)
- 4. A dozen Illinois companies are warning of nearly 1,800 layoffs over the next two months. (Crain’s Chicago Business)
- 3. A recent report from pension consultants at Mercer shows some good news on the Illinois pension front. (Crain’s Chicago Business)
- 2. Opinion: Now we see why state educators tried to keep the results from a statewide education survey hidden. (Chicago Tribune)
- 1. The Better Government Association investigated U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush and his apparent misuse of a $1 million grant. The article, plus an interview with a BGA investigator, is here. (Chicago Tonight)