Saturday, August 19, 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

Chump Media: Why Sham Votes Happen In Springfield – WP Original

The Wall Street Journal and FOX Business are among those who botched this one worst.

Rahm’s Ramp And The Fate Of Chicago’s Pensions – WP Original

The can has now been kicked on all four city pensions, as shown on the chart.

Plain English Video On Why Phony ‘Balanced’ Budgets Are Key To Our State And Local Fiscal Crises

If you don't know that state and local budgets are deceitful and nearly meaningless, or you don't know why that's so important to understanding our crisis, spend a few minutes watching the video.

Illinois Stumbles Through Fog Towards New School Funding Formula – Wirepoints Original

We know more now, but distortions abound and key points remain unreported or unknowable.

Cook County’s Outrageous Attempt To Charge Plaintiffs $17 Million In Beverage Tax Case – WP Original

Sanctions against the county's lawyers? Maybe, but without a firm and unequivocal decision against Cook County a dangerous precedent will be set.

One Chart Shows Awful Fiscal Trajectory of Chicago Area and Illinois – WP Original

And here's a promise: The trend will continue.

Education Funding Bill is a Monstrosity of Unknown Proportions – Wirepoints Original

Shame on everybody who has let SB1 get as far along as it has with such little understanding, Republicans and Democrats alike.

Rauner’s New Staff, Extremism and the Stockholm Syndrome – Wirepoints Original

That which can't pass the establishment in the General Assembly and its enablers in the press is "too radical" for Illinois.