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Unions Sue Little Lincolnshire Over Right To Work Ordinance

Four labor unions are suing suburban Lincolnshire to overturn a December ordinance meant to bar private employers from requiring workers to join unions or pay their dues.  A suit in Chicago federal court centers on whether a local government even has the power to do that. Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan issued a formal opinion […]

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Illinois Spends Less on Higher Education and Transportation than Almost Every Other State

By Frank Manzo IV Two weeks ago, I wrote about how more infrastructure investment would kickstart the Illinois economy. Transportation infrastructure investment is one government spending item that conclusively boosts employment and reduces costs over the long run. Investment in human capital– in education and skills– is another. Unfortunately, data from the Social Science Research […]

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Which road funding option is the best for Indiana?

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Indiana roads are at a crossroads when it comes to upkeep and funding. One Purdue road expert is pushing for a solution, but it will need political backing. Purdue civil engineering professor Kumares Sinha said Indiana once had some of the best roads in the world. But now he says, […]

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Courier-Journal: Why Right to Work Is wrong

I wasn’t surprised to see Kent Oyler’s commentary extolling the benefits of so-called Right to Work. After all, Mr. Oyler’s salary is paid by business owners, for whom busting unions and lowering wages is a long-sought dream. For the rest of us, though, Right to Work (better called Right to Freeload) is a nightmare. And let’s get […]

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Illinois Economic Policy Institute: Fix the Budget

It is time to Fix the Budget in Illinois. The Problem Illinois is experiencing a budget crisis. The State of Illinois now faces a $9 billion annual deficit, according to the Institute of Government & Public Affairs at the University of Illinois. The Governor and the General Assembly are at an impasse, leaving the state […]

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IRIDE: A Smart, Reliable Policy to Fund Transportation Infrastructure

Illinois’ transportation infrastructure has reached a fork in the road. The state can continue down the path of unsustainable funding with deteriorating roads, bridges, and commuter rail OR it can be a global leader in smart, comprehensive infrastructure investment that drives economic growth.

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Currently, one in every nine bridges is structurally deficient.

Click on the link below to locate the crumbling infrastructure in your area. http://t4america.org/maps-tools/bridges/

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The Monitor – Spring/Summer 2015

Key Articles: – Getting Congress In Gear – Indiana’s Race To The Bottom – The Future In Davenport, Iowa

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The Monitor – Fall/Winter 2014

Key Articles: – Federal Highway Trust Fund—empty – 60 Years of success at Stenstrom – Capital Improvements in Clinton, Iowa

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The Monitor – Spring/Summer 2014

Key Articles: – TFIC Proposes IL Infrastructure Plan – No IA Gas Tax Increase In 25 Years – Responsibility Reigns in Joliet, IL

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The Monitor – Fall/Winter 2013

Key Articles: – The Illiana: A Driving Economic Force – Infrastructure Spending Overdue – RTW Law Violates IN Constitution – Langman: Rock Island Union Pride  

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The Monitor – Spring/Summer 2013

Key Article: – The Benefits of Fracking – IDOT: Preparing For the Future – Infrastructure Wins Big in Indy – LaPorte County Acts Responsibly

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The Monitor – Winter 2012

Key Articles: – MFT, MVT, Oil Royalties! Oh, my! – Gov’t intrusion on IN businesses – Davis-Bacon—apply to your project?

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The Monitor – Fall 2012

Key Articles: – The American Waterworks Act – Long Team Infrastructure Investment – Getting to Know Michael Mauro – Burlington, IA: Newest Railroad Bridge

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The Monitor – Summer 2012

Key Articles: – MAP-21 Gets Bi-Partisan Support – Getting To Know Mike Staebell – Hodgkins Park District Values PLA – N-Trak—A Dream Come True  

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The Monitor – Spring 2012

Key Articles: – Costs of Employee Misclassification – Illiana Expressway—IL, perspective

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The Monitor – Winter 2011

Key Articles: – When private entities become public – The importance of RBOs – Understanding Wage Determinations

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The Monitor – Fall 2011

Key Articles: – Will Congress pass a transportation bill – Should the Tollway be a Freeway – How Elgin, IL is protecting taxpayers – 113th IA League of Cities Conference  

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The Monitor – Summer 2011

Key Articles: – America’s crumbling infrastructure – Right Rx for IL Workers’ Comp – Real costs of misclassification – Highland, IN gets it right  

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The Monitor – Spring 2011

Key Articles: – Wind power—generate jobs? – PLA removes nuke decommissioning – Davenport deliveres taxpayer value

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