U.S. Treasury’s COVID debt rule is a bleak situation for Illinois

The following is an update from the piece How Federal Stimulus Money will be Allocated in Illinois, which was published March 15 and another piece published on April 17. A major wrench was thrown at the state earlier this month when the federal government announced that American Rescue Plan (ARP) money cannot be used to pay offContinue reading “U.S. Treasury’s COVID debt rule is a bleak situation for Illinois”

A 10 Percent Reduction in Local Aid Would Be a Hit for Municipalities, But Problems Run Deeper

By: Christopher Ryan Crisanti The final two months of the General Assembly spring session normally shifts public conversation towards the upcoming fiscal year budget, with lawmakers needing to pass a budget based on the governor’s proposals. While economic activity seems to be picking up due to the COVID pandemic end in sight, state revenues haveContinue reading “A 10 Percent Reduction in Local Aid Would Be a Hit for Municipalities, But Problems Run Deeper”

A history of the structure and administration of Chicago’s Board of Education: Part III

By: Quinn Newman and Ryley Bruun The following is a continuation of Part II. You can read it here. 1995 to Present: An Expansion of Mayor Control The results of CSRA’s reforms at decentralization are difficult to measure, partly because every school was supposed to have an elected council made up of 6 parents, 2 communityContinue reading “A history of the structure and administration of Chicago’s Board of Education: Part III”

A history of the structure and administration of Chicago’s Board of Education: Part II

By: Quinn Newman and Ryley Bruun The following is a continuation of Part I. You can read it here. The Chicago Board of Education Pre-1995 The Chicago Board of Education was created in 1872 and contained an 11-member board to govern the district. Despite all other 851 boards being elected in the state, Chicago’s boardContinue reading “A history of the structure and administration of Chicago’s Board of Education: Part II”

A history of the structure and administration of Chicago’s Board of Education: Part I

By: Quinn Newman and Ryley Bruun Overview  The city of Chicago has had a turbulent history in recent years with its public schools system as strikes, the COVID-19 pandemic, and numerous inequities have created a need for change. One solution currently being deliberated is to replace the current mayor-appointed school board with an elected bodyContinue reading “A history of the structure and administration of Chicago’s Board of Education: Part I”

What’s the controversy with firefighter pensions?

Governor J.B. Pritzker recently signed a bill which alters cost-of-living adjustments (COLA) for firefighter pensions moving forward. At issue was how pension benefits are given to Chicago firefighters. Previously, any Chicago firefighter who was born on or after January 1st received a non-compounded 1.5% COLA with a cumulative cap of 30% (as long as theyContinue reading “What’s the controversy with firefighter pensions?”

How Federal Stimulus Revenue will be allocated in Illinois [update]

The following is an update from the piece How Federal Stimulus Money will be Allocated in Illinois, which was published March 15. State leaders recently convened on how to allocate the $7.5 billion the state will receive under President Biden’s stimulus plan. According to Gov. Pritzker, Senate President Don Harmon, and Speaker Chris Welch, the stateContinue reading “How Federal Stimulus Revenue will be allocated in Illinois [update]”

Municipalities will need to (eventually) invest in aging water lines

By: Christopher Ryan Crisanti A recent front-page story from The Chicago Tribune noted that nearly 8 of every 10 residents live in communities with high exposure to lead in their tap water from very old and depreciating service line pipes. Many, if not nearly all, of pipes in Illinois were installed over 100 hundred yearsContinue reading “Municipalities will need to (eventually) invest in aging water lines”

Obama’s healthcare fight in the General Assembly

Overview Before he was the architect of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the nation’s most significant health care legislation since Medicare and Medicaid, Barack Obama’s passion for providing health insurance to low and middle class families stemmed from his time as a state legislator in the General Assembly. As a state senator representing Chicago’s Southside,Continue reading “Obama’s healthcare fight in the General Assembly”

How federal stimulus money will be allocated in Illinois

Overview President Biden recently signed into law a $1.9 trillion package to help further stimulate the economy in the wake of COVID. The massive amount of money will be allocated to all 50 states in various ways. This piece analyzes how much Illinois will receive and how that money will be allocated throughout the state.Continue reading “How federal stimulus money will be allocated in Illinois”