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Chicago is in a pressure cooker. Funding the 2016 pension payment will be painful. The only silver lining is that the next Mayor will have an opportunity to set a new course for the city.

The State Board of Education reasonably believes that including all students in state standardized testing is a matter of fairness and equity. The Chicago Teachers Union disagrees.

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    The illinois opportunity project seeks to promote the social good and common welfare by educating the public about public policy that is driven by the principles of liberty and free enterprise and to advocate for the advancement of such policy.

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    Stand Strong for Illinois

    “Republicans will not be supporting any new revenue this session,” stated Illinois House Minority Leader Jim Durkin last week during a forum at Chicago’s City Club. We agree with Leader Durkin. A tax increase is wrong for Illinois.

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    State of Emergency

    What is the basis for Shapiro’s claim that Illinois is in a state of emergency?

    If SB 1 is struck down by the Court, Illinois’ pension debt will continue to grow and our severely underfunded pension system will swallow up our state budget. Further credit downgrades will almost certainly follow. The quality of life of every man, woman and child in the state would decline in the face of looming tax increases and severe budget cuts.

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    Opt-In on Education

    “Opt out.” That’s the message being sent by the Chicago Teachers Union to families this week, as the state begins administering the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) exam. The Illinois Opportunity Project has a different solution.

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