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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.


    Broken Budgets; Broken Promises

    Illinois Democrats, despite their campaign promises of fiscal responsibility, appear confident that they can continue their big spending practices. They readily admit their budget is unbalanced and that their unwillingness to reign in spending should be financed by higher taxes on families and businesses across Illinois. As for Republicans in the state legislature, they need to understand that they can only win politically by sticking to their principles on budget negotiations and keeping their promises.

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    Illinois Opportunity Project on Madigan’s Millionaires Tax

    It is wrong to ask the hardworking families of Illinois to continue bailing out Springfield’s wasteful spending and continued mismanagement. We oppose this measure and will work to see it defeated – just as we did in 2014… The Illinois Opportunity Project will be watching this bill move through the General Assembly. Furthermore, we encourage legislators to stand by the fiscal reform agenda presented by Governor Rauner and defeat this harmful piece of legislation.

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    Who Will Determine 2016?

    The biggest difference between the electorate of the 2014 mid-term election and 2016 presidential election will be those who didn’t vote. National turnout data says roughly 83 million Americans voted in the 2014 mid-term elections; in the last presidential election, about 129 million people turned out.

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