Legislators’ “Cadillac” Health Benefits

State Rep. David McSweeney is featured in an article about legislators’ health insurance in an Illinois Network News article.  (The Illinois News Network is a part of the Illinois Policy Institute.) The headline is GA health benefits cost taxpayers $1.2 … Continue reading

Behind the Dance to Stop Legislative Pay Hikes

On May 28th, Republican State Rep. Mark Batinick (R-Plainfield)introduced House Bill 4225. Here’s how the Legislative Digest described it: Prohibits cost-of-living adjustments for or during the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2015 for State government legislative and executive elected officers … Continue reading

Tryon Signals Readiness to Vote for Tax Hikes, Others Opposed or More Cautious

Responding to a Democratic Party amendment that would freeze property taxes, retiring State Rep. Mike Tryon asked sponsor John Bradley if he had talked to Governor Bruce Rauner. While the language was the same as the Governor’s Bradley, admitted that … Continue reading

Legislators Financial Resources

With all of the second quarterly campaign finance reports having been filed, I thought readers might be interested in a summary of which legislators and aspirants have how reported how much money available. First the incumbents: State Rep. Steve Andersson … Continue reading

Political Transfer Payments

Ever wonder why unopposed legislative candidates raise money? Let’s look at who legislators gave money during the first half of 2015. One reason Republicans do so is to make contributions to their leaders’ campaign funds. State Rep. Barb Wheeler gave … Continue reading