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Illinois Opportunity Project Responds to SunTimes Misinformation

Our donors are not making political contributions to a political candidate. They are supporting a cause. And since everyone has the right to support causes they believe in privately and without fear of harassment, intimidation or reprisal, the Illinois Opportunity Project is not required by law to disclose our donors.

Our donors – like anyone who uses their constitutional rights to support a cause – aren’t “Dark”, they’re free.

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IOP Statement on 2017 Budget Address

To set the state on a new track, we have to reject the idea that raising income taxes and expanding the sales tax to strike an elusive deal on a state budget are the right solution for Illinois. In fact, such legislation would move Illinois further in the wrong direction.

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Behind the Headlines: The ‘Grand Bargain’ Budget Compromise

To understand the real story anp we have look behind the headlines at the policy making news, and solutions that should be part of the conversation. We also look at what free-market advocates have to say and the facts that inform their views.

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It’s Just A Game, State Workers

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…

The truth is Mike Madigan is running this game and his daughter knows it. She also knows to wait quietly until she is called up to play. Well, last week it was her turn. And what was the play? Using the livelihood of state workers as political leverage.

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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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