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2017 State of the State Response

It is time state government lived by the same values as Illinois’ families and businesses.
While we don’t expect change overnight, we share the Governor’s belief that, with a few significant reforms, Illinois can create a more welcoming business environment, encourage investment, serve those truly in need, and secure some fiscal stability. By achieving these goals, Illinois will be better poised for progress.
That is what we, at the Illinois Opportunity Project, believe. That is where we stand. That is what we’ll fight for.

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Democrats Re-Elect Madigan House Speaker

If voters pay attention to nothing else in this legislative session, they should pay attention to this vote. It tells them all they need to know.

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Conroy / Bush Receive Failing Grade from Small Business Association

Illinois has trailed most of the nation in the creation of jobs and opportunities. Since the year 2000, the 50 states combined have created almost 12 million net new jobs. Illinois has created no net new jobs. We have the highest unemployment rate in the nation. If we don’t correct that problem, nothing else matters. On November 8, your state legislator’s record on issues impacting business and job creation should play a major role in your decision making.

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War on Students: Arne Duncan and the Left’s Education Failure

Given the compelling real-world evidence, our objective should not be to expand government, as Duncan did at CPS and in the Obama administration. Such efforts have only increased costs and demonstrated almost no empirical results – despite all of the government-funded theories that hypothetically attach improved results to spending increases. Instead, our objective should be to expand access for families and increase performance incentives for schools. Look at what works in the real world.

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The War on Taxpayers: Electoral Maps

Madigan’s successful opposition to the Independent Map Amendment helps to solidify his concentration of power through the centralization of government. In drawing the electoral map, he created uncompetitive districts, yielding him super-majorities in the House and Senate. No wonder he doesn’t want the people to take that power away from him.

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War on Taxpayers: Illinois’ Rigged Elections

In 2014, Illinois Democrats, led by Mike Madigan and an outgoing Governor Pat Quinn, enacted (on a straight party-line vote) a system for Election Day voter registration exclusively designed to increase the number of Democrat voters… The measure is brazenly political.

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