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Tell Legislators to Keep Their Word: Don’t Make Income Tax Increase Permanent

Please take a few minutes to contact your state legislators and tell them to “keep their promise” to keep the 67% income tax increase temporary. Click here to take action now! On January 3, 2013, after ringing in the New Year, legislators will meet at the Statehouse in Springfield for their “lame duck” session before [...]

Issues

A Liberal’s Lament: Medicaid is “So Screwed Up”

February 27, 2012 J

From reading Greg Hinz's column in Crain's Chicago Business, it seems as if the Quinn Administration's Director of the Dept of Human Services, former state Rep. Julie Hamos, has finally come around to our way of thinking... kind of.

Listen to Director Hamos' words:

“The system is going bankrupt. It's going to collapse. I really believe that,” she says. The traditional fee-for-service medical delivery system “is killing us,” and key stake-holders are gaming a program filled with “abuse.” She concludes, “It's soooo screwed up.”

We agree!

Quinn Budget Address: No Plans, Little Leadership

February 22, 2012 J

Reacting to Governor Pat Quinn’s Budget Address, Americans for Prosperity Illinois State Director David From put out the following statement:

“Today, Governor Pat Quinn passed on an opportunity to provide real leadership to a state badly in need of it. While the Governor’s cuts are a move in the right direction, the three biggest issues facing the state budget are unfunded pension obligations, soaring Medicaid costs, and $8 billion in overdue bills. He failed to provide any plan to address the main challenges threatening the fiscal health of our state. We did not need a description of the huge problems facing Illinois; we needed leadership from our state’s elected leader.”

ICYMI: Why Job Creators Skip Illinois

February 13, 2012 J

CAT CEO Doug Oberhelman writes in the Chicago Tribune why [img_assist|nid=26458|title=|desc=|link=none|align=right|width=300|height=300]Illinois is falling behind as a job center. His insight as the CEO of one of Illinois' flagship companies is very valuable and timely.

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For starters, Illinois needs to adopt a long-term sustainable state budget that relieves pressures on taxpayers. "

Read the whole editorial here.

Obama’s Union Point Man

February 07, 2012 J

Read this great article in National Review Online by AFP's VP of Policy Phil Kerpen. It's is[img_assist|nid=26400|title=R Grifffin NLRB|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=300|height=175] the politics of IL taken to the national stage:

On January 4, President Obama took the unprecedented step of declaring the Senate to be in recess — although the Senate considered itself to be in session — so that he could install several appointees in key positions at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).

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