With Sports Betting, Legislators Gamble with Illinois’ Well-Being
By Monte Larrick   |   06.07.18
Due to a U.S. Supreme Court decision, the odds have improved for legal sports betting to come to Illinois. Proponents are promising lots of tax revenue from bets on baseball, basketball, football, and other sports.
Illinois is Insolvent and It is Time to Admit It
By John Biver   |   05.29.18
Many will see the proposal outlined in my previous article as a ridiculous fantasy and politically impossible. To them I’d say that almost everything is politically impossible until it is made politically possible. Selling a plan will be hard work,...
A Big and Bold Illinois Tax Reform Plan is Needed
By John Biver   |   05.25.18
As many readers are aware, Illinois families and jobs have been fleeing the state in record numbers in recent years due to the heavy tax burden. It’s not just time for a change in Illinois tax policy, it’s time for...
Stop Illinois Funding of Abortion
By David E. Smith   |   05.24.18
The Illinois General Assembly is winding up its work for the 2018 Spring session and will try to adjourn for the summer by Thursday, May 31st. That means that things could move very quickly over the next six days. We...
Lou Lang Swings and Misses as a Constitutional Scholar
05.22.18
Deputy Majority Leader and Illinois State Representative Lou Lang (D-Skokie) was so impressed with the speech he prepared for the organized Chicago hearing on the ERA two weeks ago that he decided to record himself giving it. The hearing morphed into more of a rally than a public hearing as Lang bellowed into the microphone patently absurd things like "not passing the ERA means the Constitution does not protect women". This flies in the face of the 14th amendment and was the justification in 1973 for the one thing Lang and other leftists in Springfield champion: Abortion on demand.
Illinois Pro-Life Coalition Issues Joint Statement in Opposition to the ERA
By John Biver   |   05.12.18
If you pay just a little attention to the political fray that engulfs the country, you quickly realize that Leftists have trouble with the truth. They never disclose their real intentions when it comes to public policy. A “modest” tax...
Anti-Life Groups Pushing the Equal Rights Amendment on Illinois
By Monte Larrick   |   05.08.18
The Illinois Constitution already guarantees equal protection regardless of sex. But, that's not stopping Planned Parenthood and other anti-life organizations from trying to make Illinois the 37th state of the 38 needed to add the Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
More Dumb Stuff From Springfield Swampsters
By Laurie Higgins   |   05.03.18
Our “progressive” Springfield swampsters have found another way to waste the money of taxpayers and the time of bureaucrats in bankrupt, debt-ridden Illinois: A bill to create the “Illinois Women & Girls Council” has been sponsored in the Illinois House...
A Progressive Income Tax Proposal Will Not Satisfy the Illinois Taxeaters
By John Biver   |   05.02.18
Back in the 1990s, Illinois conservatives watched as Republican governors cooperated with General Assembly Democrats to lay a foundation for our state’s current fiscal disaster. Today, as 25 percent of the state’s budget goes to paying overly-generous pensions for government...
Strict Scrutiny and the ERA – A Bad Combination for Women
04.23.18
On the surface, the Equal Rights Amendment seems quite innocent. The main text states, “Equality of rights under the law shall not be abridged or denied by the United States or any state on account of sex.”
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Equal Rights Amendment Brings Inequality for the Unborn
By Monte Larrick   |   04.20.18
With an eye on the November elections, state lawmakers are reviving the Equal Rights Amendment, but a leading opponent warns that ratification will mean more abortions.
‘Net Neutrality’ in Illinois: Just One More Leftist Act of Deception
By John Biver   |   04.17.18
Last year the Federal Communications Commission overturned the Obama-era policy (referred to as “net neutraliy”) that “had placed Internet service providers like Comcast and Verizon under the strictest-ever regulatory oversight.” The “net neutrality” debate has gone for several years but...
IFI Update: ERA Passes Illinois Senate
By Laurie Higgins   |   04.11.18
In a stunning display of ignorance, the Illinois State Senate just voted 43-12 in favor of the resolution to adopt the Equal Rights Amendment. What makes this vote even more enraging is that Republicans Pam Althoff (R-Crystal Lake), Jason Barickman...
Barack is Immune to Embarrassment about the Obama Library Boondoggle
By John Biver   |   04.03.18
Here is U.S. News and World Report (yes, it’s still in business) introducing our topic, the Obama Library: Chicago: Obama Library Infrastructure Could Total $175M CHICAGO (AP) — Private dollars will pay for building former President Barack Obama’s library, but...
Rep. Breen: Taxpayer Funding of Abortion Will Not Be Normalized
By Monte Larrick   |   03.29.18
Planned Parenthood would like taxpayer funding of abortions to go on unquestioned, but the fight in Illinois is ramping up.
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