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Recent Wirepoints Originals

Rising property taxes and stagnant incomes: A lethal combination for Illinoisans – Wirepoints Original

A lethal combination of rising property taxes and stagnant incomes has forced many Illinoisans to rethink their relationship with their state. More than a million net residents have already fled the state since 2000 - and you can’t blame others for thinking about joining them.  

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Pending Federal Tax Changes Would Lower Illinois Home Values And Deepen Property Tax Rage – Wirepoints Original

An overall tax cut wouldn't change those results.The effect of doubling the standard deduction is being overlooked

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An omen of things to come for Illinois downstate police and fire pension funds

In Illinois, 118 fire funds already have more pension beneficiaries than active workers. Another 73 police funds are in the same dire position. That’s 191 of the 653 fire and police funds, or nearly 30 percent, that are upside down.

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Recent Quicktakes

Wirepoints now in Crain’s as a regular column

I'll now have a regular, monthly column in the Government section of Crain's Chicago Business, both online and print editions. It will appear around...

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Watch this speech and imagine it’s an Illinois Democratic newcomer – Quicktake

Somebody gave a remarkably good speech at the City Club of Chicago this month about our fiscal crisis that' s worth watching. Never mind...

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Are Chicago transplants trashing border states? – Quicktake

"These are people who grew up in a certain type of environment, and behave in a certain way. And not all of them have...

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