Gov. Bruce Rauner’s leadership failures have deflated the political pressure for reforms in Illinois. But his inability to change anything, ironically, only strengthens the case for structural reforms. The longer Illinois’ status quo policies remain in place, the more this state will continue to decline.
"If you care about your policemen, your firemen, your teachers, then we need to have pension reform. Because if we don't - people keep leaving, the tax base is shrinking - we'll have to start firing them...It's ironic, paradoxical, but to take care of workers we have to change pensions."
Chicago Public Schools and the Chicago Teachers Union have been practicing a corrupted version of school choice that’s done little to improve the lives of CPS students. Instead, it’s led to perverse consequences that actually perpetuate the systemic failures of CPS, leaving far too many students without an education