Posts tagged: Illinois

“They Got Everything They Wanted and More” (Illinois Family Spotlight #153)

This edition of Spotlight features a Townhall event where former state rep Jeanne Ives and current State Rep John Cabello recapped the 2019 spring legislative session with an eye for the “bi-partisan” budget, gas tax, a pay raise for legislators, and other mind numbingly stupid laws only Illinois could conceive.

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“It Really Comes Down to A Money Issue” (Illinois Family Spotlight #145)

This edition of spotlight features comments from Jeanne Ives, a former Illinois state representative and gubernatorial candidate.

Ives discusses the potential negative fiscal impact of legalizing marijuana, Illinois economic potential and incompetence.

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“So, You Want to Go On Offense?” (Illinois Family Spotlight #133)

David Avignone, the Executive Director of Illinois Citizens for Ethics PAC joins Monte Larrick and David Smith to discuss Illinois’ ethical woes.

They discuss the link between ethical politics and the ethics of supporting abortion, the Chicago mayoral race, bubble zones, what ICE-PAC is up to, combating the tremendous amount of money spent by pro-abortion candidates, and Illinois republicans collective lack of spine and leadership in taking on abortion.

Check out the Illinois Family Institute’s upcoming events here.… Continue Reading

“The Politics of Racial Grievance” (Illinois Family Spotlight #128)

This episode features a discussion on a divided humanity, and a divided Church. Dr. Eric Wallace from the Freedom’s Journal Institute joins Monte Larrick and David Smith to converse on the apparent stifling of black residents in Illinois, and two new FJI projects: Racism in America and the Role of the Church, and Repent Chicago.

They also touch on what the Bible says about racism, the origin of man, how faith affects politics, and the history of addressing the problem of slavery.… Continue Reading

“State of the State” (Illinois Family Spotlight #122)

This podcast features a presentation by one of Illinois’ finest: Jeanne Ives. Current State Representative Ives gave a presentation in Rockford describing where Illinois stands after the 2018 midterms and what conservatives can do in the next few years to regain control. In the second half, Jeanne fields questions from the audience.

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“Post-Election Mortem Part 2” (Illinois Family Spotlight #121)

This second podcast on the 2018 midterms drills deeper into what happened in Illinois and what is on the horizon.

Richard Hartian joins David Smith and Monte Larrick for an informative, intellectual conversation on the state of Illinois and what’s next.

Take action! Please call your state lawmakers and ask them to oppose SB 3249, the LGBT indoctrination bill.

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More Madigan-Generated Woes Expected for Illinois, Editorial Board Says

Written by Carol Ostrow

Even as Gov. Bruce Rauner continues to strive toward a potential state budget solution, House Speaker Mike Madigan (D-Chicago) “delays and offers nothing,” the Chicago Tribune recently reported while continuing its coverage of Illinois’ hemorrhaging finances.

Editors at the newspaper have bemoaned the probability that the ringing in of the spring legislative session means “still more menacing news to Illinois,” stating that the newest proof of systemic breakdown lies neither in the impotent stopgap spending plan, nor in the recent mass outmigration from the Land of Lincoln, where population losses recently exceeded those of any other state.

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It’s Just A Game, State Workers

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Written by Pat Hughes

It’s bad enough that, after decades of Mike Madigan’s leadership, the state can’t pay its bills. But now, his daughter, Attorney General Lisa Madigan, wants to take away the ability of state workers to pay their own bills.

Throughout the bitter dispute over the state budget, Madigan-Nemesis Governor Bruce Rauner has worked to keep the state government running so that core services are not completely shut down. The Governor has made clear that paying state workers for work that they do, while working to pass a balanced budget, is a top priority.… Continue Reading

Critics Say ‘House of Madigan’ Continues to Play by Own Rules

Written by the Chicago City Wire

Several Illinois legislators have responded to the House’s latest capitulation to longtime Speaker Mike Madigan (D-Chicago), decrying the body’s utter lack of independence or apparent motivation to value representation of home jurisdictions over the speaker’s sway.

Following the state House’s vote, Madigan’s standard menu of mandates was approved yet again as he keeps a three-fifths majority in the House. The results incited strong reactions among officials and members of both political parties.

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Think Tank, State Reps Propose Budget Solutions 2018 Plan to Close $7.1 Billion Deficit

Written by the Chicago City Wire

The Illinois Policy Institute is proposing a budget conservative group leaders contend would put an end to the state’s nearly two-year impasse, closing a $7.1 billion deficit without adding any new taxes.

The Budget Solutions 2018 plan calls for comprehensive property tax reform — which Illinois Policy Institute execs insist amounts to $3.4 billion in savings — by taking simple steps like freezing property taxes over the next five years and putting an end to state subsidies and mandates that, the group argues, needlessly drive up the cost of government.

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