“Scott Walker Fails the Test of Common Decency”

By Larry Sand
… or at least that’s what protection racket leader Randi Weingarten wants us to believe. My goodness! From the response in certain quarters, you would think that Wisconsin governor Scott Walker breached national security – and then maybe tried to lie his way out of it! But no. All he did last week was sign...

TAGS: American Federation of Teachers, Barack Obama, Heritage Foundation, Illinois Policy Institute, James Sherk, Larry Sand, Paul Kersey, Randi Weingarten, Right to Work, Scott Walker, teachers union

Fifty States of Right-to-Work?

By Larry Sand
Elected officials, the courts and John Q. Public are supporting worker freedom these days; teachers unions and other public employee unions are on the run. Last Monday, Illinois governor Bruce Rauner issued an executive order that, if it stands, will absolve state workers from paying forced dues to a union. As The Wall Street Journal...

TAGS: Bruce Rauner, California Teachers Association, Center for Individual Rights, Chicago Teachers Union, Harris v. Quinn, Illinois Federation of Teachers, Illinois Policy Institute, Karen Lewis, Larry Sand, Mike Antonucci, National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation, Paul Kersey, Right to Work, Service Employees International Union, teachers union

SEIU Motives and Tactics Remain the Same

By Dave Bego
Times have changed, but the SEIU’s motives, and the means and tactics used to accomplish these motives — as documented in The Devil at Our Doorstep — remain the same. The SEIU’s ultimate goal is to achieve its agenda of destroying America’s Free Enterprise system and replacing it with statism. As seen in recent actions across the...

TAGS: Harris v. Quinn, Illinois Policy Institute, seiu, Service Employees International Union

Illinois Unemployment Exceeds California’s

By Mike Shedlock
The one state arguably more troubled than California is Illinois. Unions, union sympathizers, socialists, and tax-hike proponents are strongly in control of both states. Is it any wonder  that perpetual economic difficulties and insurmountable pension underfundings face both states? Via email, Ted Dabrowski at the Illinois Policy Institute writes …  Unhappy Anniversary Six months ago, Illinois overtook...

TAGS: Illinois Policy Institute

Red – and I Do Mean Red – Herrings of the Left

By Larry Sand
June – Father’s Day, Flag Day, weddings … and loopy ideas on poverty. Last September I wrote about those who believe that poverty causes ignorance and how we must “fix” poverty before we can fix education. I suggested that maybe, just maybe, a good education is the best antidote to poverty and that school choice...

TAGS: American Federation of Teachers, Chicago Teachers Union, Friedman Foundation, Greg Forster, Illinois Policy Institute, Karen Lewis, Larry Sand, Randi Weingarten, school choice, socialism, teachers unions, vouchers

Battle for Right-to-Work is a marathon, not a sprint

By Joseph Lehman
Labor unions have a virtual lock on Illinois politics. Unionized government delivers services ever-less efficiently in rough proportion to its ever-increasing size. It promulgates taxes and regulations that stifle private sector growth. It’s impossible to break the unions’ grip on Illinois’ fiscal health. Substitute “Michigan” for “Illinois” and one might have said the same thing...

TAGS: Illinois Policy Institute, Mackinac Center for Public Policy

Illinois: Corporate Welfare State with a Unionized Government

By Mike Shedlock
Here’s an interesting email from John Tillman at the Illinois Policy Institute, a non-partisan watchdog of the ongoing mess in Illinois. Tillman’s source is an excellent article on Illinois Review written by Ben VanMetre, a Senior Budget and Tax Policy Analyst at the Illinois Policy Institute. Please consider a repost of Quinn’s Illinois: regulations and...

TAGS: Illinois Policy Institute