Illinois diverts federal funds from teachers to pensions
Illinois diverts federal funds from teachers to pensions
Illinois News Network | July 21, 2016
Illinois’ most impoverished school districts have lost millions of dollars to a scheme intended to shore up the state’s monumentally underfunded teacher pension reserve.
Friedrichs v. CTA: Case dead, but questions raised on teachers’ rights alive
Friedrichs v. CTA: Case dead, but questions raised on teachers’ rights alive
Heather Kays | July 07, 2016
"The current doctrine simply is not sustainable. Government should not be able to force individuals to give money to ideas they disagree with, whether that be teachers unions or any other ideological organization."
Sun-Times: Everyone feeling the pain but teachers union
Amelia Hamilton | July 06, 2016
The editorial board of the Chicago Sun-Times has some harsh words for the Chicago Teachers Union: It’s time to feel the pain. A new Illinois spending plan, the op-ed says, will have Illinois taxpayers and Chicago property taxpayers feeling the pain, and Gov. Bruce Rauner is already feeling it. “So, let’s see. Who has yet […]
Disaster deferred: Chicago schools to open on time
Amelia Hamilton | July 01, 2016
"In the scheme of things," said Charles Burbridge, executive director of the Chicago Teachers' Pension Fund, "$12 million is not a grave issue. It's something that we'll work out."
Tammy Duckworth can’t escape legacy of mismanagement in VA system
Tammy Duckworth can’t escape legacy of mismanagement in VA system
M.D. Kittle | July 01, 2016
The auditor’s finding criticized the Illinois VA for failing to study the health effects of hazardous materials.
Duckworth’s lawyers quickly settle VA retaliation lawsuit
Duckworth’s lawyers quickly settle VA retaliation lawsuit
M.D. Kittle | June 27, 2016
“As the campaign continues, Rep. Duckworth will have to answer questions surrounding her pattern of ignoring VA whistleblowers,
Sound familiar? Illinois Rep. Tammy Duckworth accused of retaliation at VA
Sound familiar? Illinois Rep. Tammy Duckworth accused of retaliation at VA
M.D. Kittle | June 24, 2016
“What is crystal clear is that Duckworth does not want the truth to come out."
Report criticizes Duckworth for wasting $5.2 million on failed VA marketing campaign
Report criticizes Duckworth for wasting $5.2 million on failed VA marketing campaign
M.D. Kittle | June 22, 2016
Duckworth's office was found to have “inadequately managed and solicited contracts.”
Chicago rewriting Airbnb rules in advance of City Council vote
Chicago rewriting Airbnb rules in advance of City Council vote
Eric Boehm | June 21, 2016
Airbnb hosts in Chicago say they don't know what to expect when the city council votes Tuesday on new regulations for short-term online rentals
After Puerto Rico’s collapse, is your city or state next?
After Puerto Rico’s collapse, is your city or state next?
Jon Cassidy | June 06, 2016
With short-term budget troubles and colossal long-term debt, Kentucky, Illinois, New Jersey, Massachusetts, and Connecticut, in particular, are much closer to the basket case economic condition of the Caribbean territory on the Mercatus fiscal health index than they are to states such as Texas, Missouri, Florida, or Nebraska, where budgets are balanced and public pension systems may yet be salvaged.