What Legislators Told about 2019 Economic Future

Prepared for the State of Illinois Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability: State of Illinois Forecast Report Summary Illinois’ economy is having its share of ups and downs, but overall, 2018 was better than the year before. The state has moved beyond … Continue reading

Comparing Illinois Property Taxes with Household Income

Reprinted with permission: Illinois’ Lethal Combination: Rising Property Taxes & Stagnant Incomes Authored by Ted Dabrowski and John Klingner via WirePoints.com, A lethal combination of rising property taxes and stagnant incomes has forced many Illinoisans to rethink their relationship with … Continue reading

Illinois Not Number 1 in Moving Van Statistics This Year, Except for U-Haul Where State is Still Number 1

Reprinted from Illinois News Network: Moving companies say Illinois at or near top state to move from in 2018 by Cole Lauterbach Illinois remains at, or near, the top of states with the highest percentage of people leaving compared to … Continue reading

Comparing Illinois Government Workers with Those of Other States

A Friend of McHenry County Blog found this 2017 U.S. Census information comparing state and local government employment numbers in Illinois with those in other states: Category Illinois Rank FTE per Capita Illinois Rank Pay per capita Total States this category … Continue reading

Focus on Public Pension Shortfall Overlooks Future Public Employee Health Insurance Costs

From Wirepoints: Wirepoints Report: The real cost of pension and public retiree health insurance equals half of Illinois’ budget Illinois owes $73 billion in retiree health insurance benefits for state workers, yet doesn’t have any money set aside to pay for … Continue reading

Illinois Business Formation Record Dismay for Last Three Years

From the Illinois News Network: Wisconsin state official highlights state economy in comparison to Illinois By Cole Lauterbach | Illinois News Network Aug 24, 2018 Wisconsin’s top economist is using Illinois as an example to highlight how well Wisconsin’s economy … Continue reading