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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.


Mark Glennon, Founder