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RESEARCH REPORTS
  • The top 10 reasons why Illinois should reject a state-run health-insurance exchange

    Introduction Despite the fact that half of the state-based ObamaCare health-insurance exchanges that have been established are already failing, some state lawmakers and health-care advocates  in Illinois continue to push the idea that a state-based exchange is important for Illinois. N...

  • Pensions case study: North Riverside

    Illinois’ municipal pension shortfall, excluding Chicago, has spiked to more than $12 billion from $1 billion just a decade ago. Municipalities are suffering the consequences. They’re cutting core services, raising taxes and adding new fees to pay for their increasing government-worker...

  • Illinois’ real unemployment rate

    The unemployment rate is a state’s most closely monitored indicator of economic health. The Illinois unemployment rate rose sharply through the Great Recession, and continues to fluctuate and trend downward as a result of both economic growth and a shrinking workforce. Illinois’ wor...

  • An introduction to Hudson rights

    Hudson rights are important to Illinois government employees, because under state labor law unions are entitled to collect union dues – or their functional equivalent – from every worker they represent, even if the employee does not support the union. Hudson rights mitigate the harm do...

  • Who’s hurting in Illinois?

    A smaller fraction of Illinoisans are able to find work today than at any time in the last 28 years. Since the Great Recession, the number of people working has fallen more dramatically in the Prairie State than in any other state in the country. Not all Illinois demographic groups have...

  • Government unions in Illinois: Are members getting what they pay for?

    Introduction Government employee unions in Illinois are powerful and controversial. In any given year, the four largest unions in the state take in revenues of more than $100 million1 – and these state-based unions represent just a fraction of the massive union fabric in Illinois....

  • Contract with top union yields big payouts for state workers

    Introduction It pays to work for state government. Compensation costs for state workers make up roughly one third of Illinois’ state budget. How much state workers are paid is largely decided by contracts with government employee unions, specifically Council 31 of the American F...

  • State worker tardiness costs Illinois taxpayers big money

    State government employees working for Illinois’ Department of Children and Family Services, or DCFS, racked up 5,002 hours of “tardy time” – instances of unexcused late arrival – in fiscal years 2012 and 2013, but were still paid for the time.1 Estimated cost to taxpayers:...

  • ObamaCare is falling short in Illinois

    The Affordable Care Act, or ACA, commonly referred to as ObamaCare, was supposed to cut Illinois’ eligible, uninsured adult population by half by the end of March 2014. The state achieved only half of its goal. About one-quarter of Illinois’ eligible uninsured adults have obtain...

  • Why Medicaid coverage does not equal care

    The problem When the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as ACA or ObamaCare, was first implemented, more than three out of 10 physicians across the country were not accepting new patients in Medicaid, a joint state-federal program that is meant to cover the costs of providing health c...