Saturday, June 24, 2017

About Us

WirePoints delivers both original stories and hand selected articles from other sources about Illinois’ economy and government. We want to be a one-stop source for all news of major importance to Illinois’ economy. We have a particular focus on the state and local fiscal crises. Our frustration with poor coverage of those crises by the regular press was the primary reason for starting this site, and that frustration continues. We try to stick to policy, facts and numbers, not politics.

We don’t hide our perspective as fiscal realists though we try to give due recognition to other viewpoints. We pay special attention to the entrepreneurial sector because we think it represents an especially important source of hope for the state. Financial illiteracy is also a central theme because that problem, rampant among voters and the media, is a root source of many of our problems. Finally, our Media Watch section flags particularly good and bad articles.

WirePoints contributors include contacts in government and business. We especially appreciate comments, suggestions and tips.

We want this to be a place for independent thinkers who challenge orthodoxy with facts.

We’re not here to make any friends on the left or the right. We call things as we see them.

Mark Glennon, Founder

Recent Wirepoints Originals

Speech Muzzlers Triggered: Chicago’s Theater Community On The Attack – WP Original

Together we make great theater -- unless you disagree with us, in which case you're a bigot.

New Study Details How Pensions Exploit New And Younger Teachers – Wirepoints Original

Illinois gets an 'F' as you'd expect, but we have plenty of company on this.

Why You Shouldn’t Believe The Illinois Budget Deficit Numbers Released This Week – Wirepoints Original

True numbers are 2X or 3X worse and show the genuine bind Illinois is in -- not just an ego clash between Rauner and Madigan.

Would Congress Authorize Bankruptcy for Illinois and Other States? Yes, Inevitably. – Wirepoints Original

All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident. -Arthur Schopenhauer.
And thanks to ZeroHedge for republishing this article.

COGFA: State of IL Revenue Up In May But Still Down For Year – WP Original

Up 7% for the month but still down 3.5% for the year-to-date.

Video: IL State Senator, Clueless About Bill He Sponsors, Blames Questioning On His Mexican Heritage – WP Original

Truth is, most of the rest of the legislature doesn't know what the bill does either. It still passed. Same with most of what they rushed through this week.