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  • Commentary posted May 18, 2015 by Stephen Moore Judges For Higher Taxes, Not Pension Reform, In Illinois

    Last week the Illinois Supreme Court overturned a state law that would help fix the state’s notorious pension crisis. What a tragedy for the state’s taxpayers. The justices basically ruled that the pension arrangements are iron-clad, although these pensions are on a course to bankrupt the state and imperil public services that Illinois families depend on. The unions come…

  • Posted on January 7, 2014 by Evan Bernick Throw a Cigarette Butt on the Ground and You Could Face Three Years in Jail

    Forget merely annoying others with bad manners: In Illinois, citizens who throw their finished cigarette on the...…

  • Issue Brief posted September 26, 2013 by Hans A. von Spakovsky Concealed Carry: Illinois Supremes Catch Up on the Second Amendment

    The Illinois Supreme Court has finally joined the rest of the nation in recognizing Second Amendment rights, including the ability to carry a concealed weapon in public. Concealed Carry Law in Illinois In a decision on September 12 in Illinois v. Aguilar,[1] the Illinois court threw out as unconstitutional a state statute that made the “aggravated unlawful use of a…

  • Posted on September 19, 2013 by Hans von Spakovsky Illinois Supreme Court Catches Up on the Second Amendment

    The Illinois Supreme Court has finally joined the rest of the nation and the U.S. Supreme Court in recognizing the...…

  • Commentary posted September 18, 2013 by Alison Acosta Fraser More Bad News for Chicago

    Friday the 13th brought more bad news for Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago. Standard and Poor’s (S&P) revised the city’s bond outlook from stable to negative. Negative is… well… bad. But certainly this wasn’t a surprise. After all, Moody’s took even stronger action and actually downgraded the city’s bond rating in July. And it’s well known that the city has a couple of huge…

  • Posted on July 31, 2013 by Alison Acosta Fraser / Corrine Williams Detroit Today, Illinois Tomorrow

    Detroit’s bankruptcy petition last week was far from a surprise, but what should be noted is that it is the first of...…

  • Posted on June 3, 2013 by Andrew Walker Pro-Marriage Victory in Illinois

    On Friday, the Illinois legislature ended its session, failing to pass a much-anticipated same-sex marriage bill. The...…

  • Posted on May 16, 2013 by Corrine Williams Congress Should Not Follow Illinois Example on Internet Sales Tax

    CHICAGO, IL—To see how the Internet sales tax would affect small businesses, we need only look at Illinois. The...…

  • Posted on March 5, 2013 by Drew Gonshorowski Obamacare and the Medicaid Expansion: How Does Your State Fare?

    The Medicaid expansion is touted by proponents of Obamacare as a "no-brainer." While it is true that some states may see...…

  • Posted on January 4, 2013 by Ryan T. Anderson In Illinois, Redefining Marriage Threatens Marriage and Religious Freedom

    Lawmakers in Illinois are considering a bill to redefine marriage. This comes a little over a year after the state...…

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  • WebMemo posted April 7, 2011 by David S. Addington Why Does the Illinois Government Oppose the Religious Liberty of Pharmacists?

    The government of Illinois does not understand the importance of, and the legal protections for, religious liberty. The law protects the right of conscience of health care providers, but the Illinois bureaucracy is on a six-year (so far) unholy war to force two pharmacists who own their own businesses to stock and dispense the “Plan B” or “morning-after” drug or close…

  • Commentary posted May 18, 2015 by Stephen Moore Judges For Higher Taxes, Not Pension Reform, In Illinois

    Last week the Illinois Supreme Court overturned a state law that would help fix the state’s notorious pension crisis. What a tragedy for the state’s taxpayers. The justices basically ruled that the pension arrangements are iron-clad, although these pensions are on a course to bankrupt the state and imperil public services that Illinois families depend on. The unions come…

  • Lecture posted June 24, 1998 by Stephan Thernstrom, Fred Siegel, Robert Woodson The Kerner Commission Report

    This lecture was held at The Heritage Foundation on March 13, 1998. Welcome to our panel discussion on the 30th anniversary of the publication of the Kerner Commission Report. The Heritage Foundation has a number of goals. One is to roll back the liberal welfare state. A prerequisite to understanding what happened to create the liberal welfare state, and…

  • Backgrounder posted May 16, 2012 by Luke Coffey The 2012 NATO Summit in Chicago: NATO in Need of American Leadership

    Abstract: The 2012 NATO Summit in Chicago is an opportunity for the U.S. to provide much-needed leadership for NATO. The United States should push NATO members to keep their current commitments to Afghanistan and commit to supporting Afghanistan after NATO forces withdraw. At the Chicago Summit, the Obama Administration also needs to make the cases for transition,…

  • Backgrounder posted September 1, 2010 by James Sherk The New Face of the Union Movement: Government Employees

    Abstract: Unions have been a familiar part of American working life for more than 70 years. Less familiar is the state of the union movement today: More union members now work for the government than for private employers. The above-market salaries and benefits that government employees receive are paid for by taxpayers. So, the union movement that began as a campaign to…

  • Commentary posted September 18, 2013 by Alison Acosta Fraser More Bad News for Chicago

    Friday the 13th brought more bad news for Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago. Standard and Poor’s (S&P) revised the city’s bond outlook from stable to negative. Negative is… well… bad. But certainly this wasn’t a surprise. After all, Moody’s took even stronger action and actually downgraded the city’s bond rating in July. And it’s well known that the city has a couple of huge…

  • Issue Brief posted September 26, 2013 by Hans A. von Spakovsky Concealed Carry: Illinois Supremes Catch Up on the Second Amendment

    The Illinois Supreme Court has finally joined the rest of the nation in recognizing Second Amendment rights, including the ability to carry a concealed weapon in public. Concealed Carry Law in Illinois In a decision on September 12 in Illinois v. Aguilar,[1] the Illinois court threw out as unconstitutional a state statute that made the “aggravated unlawful use of a…

  • Legal Memorandum posted April 29, 2010 by Hans A. von Spakovsky A Case Study in Judicial Nullification: Medical Malpractice Reform in Illinois

    Abstract: Judicial nullification of civil justice reform laws usurps the role of state legislatures and defies the will of the people as expressed through their elected representatives. The Illinois Supreme Court recently engaged in such nullification for the third time when it acted as a super legislature, overriding the elected legislature's judgment by throwing out a…

  • Testimony posted April 27, 2012 by Luke Coffey NATO: The Chicago Summit and U.S. Foreign Policy

    Testimony before The Committee on Foreign Affairs’ Subcommittee on Europe and Eurasia United States House of Representatives Chairman Burton, Ranking Member Meeks, Members of the Committee, I am honored to speak to you today about the upcoming NATO Summit in Chicago. My name is Luke Coffey. I am the Margaret…

  • Backgrounder posted May 14, 2008 by Dan Lips, Evan Feinberg Improving Education in the Nation's Capital: Expanding School Choice

    The District of Columbia is home to one of the nation's most troubled public school systems. The District spends $14,400 for every child in public school—well above the national average and more than any of the 50 states.[1] The 2007 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) reported that Washington, D.C.'s fourth and eighth graders scored lower than any other…

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  • Issue Brief posted September 26, 2013 by Hans A. von Spakovsky Concealed Carry: Illinois Supremes Catch Up on the Second Amendment

    The Illinois Supreme Court has finally joined the rest of the nation in recognizing Second Amendment rights, including the ability to carry a concealed weapon in public. Concealed Carry Law in Illinois In a decision on September 12 in Illinois v. Aguilar,[1] the Illinois court threw out as unconstitutional a state statute that made the “aggravated unlawful use of a…

  • Backgrounder posted May 16, 2012 by Luke Coffey The 2012 NATO Summit in Chicago: NATO in Need of American Leadership

    Abstract: The 2012 NATO Summit in Chicago is an opportunity for the U.S. to provide much-needed leadership for NATO. The United States should push NATO members to keep their current commitments to Afghanistan and commit to supporting Afghanistan after NATO forces withdraw. At the Chicago Summit, the Obama Administration also needs to make the cases for transition,…

  • WebMemo posted April 7, 2011 by David S. Addington Why Does the Illinois Government Oppose the Religious Liberty of Pharmacists?

    The government of Illinois does not understand the importance of, and the legal protections for, religious liberty. The law protects the right of conscience of health care providers, but the Illinois bureaucracy is on a six-year (so far) unholy war to force two pharmacists who own their own businesses to stock and dispense the “Plan B” or “morning-after” drug or close…

  • Backgrounder posted September 1, 2010 by James Sherk The New Face of the Union Movement: Government Employees

    Abstract: Unions have been a familiar part of American working life for more than 70 years. Less familiar is the state of the union movement today: More union members now work for the government than for private employers. The above-market salaries and benefits that government employees receive are paid for by taxpayers. So, the union movement that began as a campaign to…

  • Legal Memorandum posted April 29, 2010 by Hans A. von Spakovsky A Case Study in Judicial Nullification: Medical Malpractice Reform in Illinois

    Abstract: Judicial nullification of civil justice reform laws usurps the role of state legislatures and defies the will of the people as expressed through their elected representatives. The Illinois Supreme Court recently engaged in such nullification for the third time when it acted as a super legislature, overriding the elected legislature's judgment by throwing out a…

  • Backgrounder posted May 14, 2008 by Dan Lips, Evan Feinberg Improving Education in the Nation's Capital: Expanding School Choice

    The District of Columbia is home to one of the nation's most troubled public school systems. The District spends $14,400 for every child in public school—well above the national average and more than any of the 50 states.[1] The 2007 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) reported that Washington, D.C.'s fourth and eighth graders scored lower than any other…

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Find more work on Illinois