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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.


    Forging Opportunity

    Opportunity does not simply exist. It must be forged – inch by inch and day by day. By advancing a policy agenda rooted in economic liberty. By taking risks and making sacrifices. By working harder and longer than those who benefit by embracing our decline. A task this large and this critical to our future requires leadership – everywhere.

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    HB 303: Bringing More Sunshine to Illinois

    As taxpayers, you have no right to see the taxpayer-funded severance package deals of public officials, such as College of DuPage President Robert J. Breuder $726,000 buyout or former Metra CEO Alex Clifford’s $442,000 severance before they are finalized. Sure, Breuder or Clifford could publicly discuss the severance packages. But, public boards cannot be compelled by law to make these severance agreements public if they opt to use a confidentiality clause.

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    62 Local Leaders

    Local and municipal governments are the training and proving ground for independent leaders. They allow new leaders to develop the skills, local support, record on policy, and campaign infrastructure to ultimately hold higher office. Service in local government also provides critical tests of character and principle.

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