ALL OF THE ABOVE It's not going
to be good news when a report starts out like this: "Illinois has a
chronic, structural fiscal problem so huge that it cannot be eliminated by
increases in economic growth alone, increases in taxes alone,
or—alas—aggressive pension changes alone." The new study from the
Institute for Government and Public Affairs is a must-read if you care about
the state of our state. It's here.
JOBS Our Top 10 list today is about jobs.
Specifically, which ones are in demand around the country and what those jobs
pay in Illinois. Click here.
GET DOWN TO BUSINESS Candidates love
to say they're going to run government like a business. Peter Creticos of the
Institute for Work and the Economy is sick of hearing it, and voters will be
better off if they don't fall for it, he writes in an op-ed today.
FLAB You can argue that government can't
really be run like a business, but you can't argue that government isn't big
business in Illinois. We lead the nation in the number of government bodies
that can take tax money from our wallets. Andy Shaw of the Better Government
Association has some ideas about getting rid of some of these bureaucracies as
lawmakers return to Springfield next week. Read them here.
AD SEASON The only
candidate for governor spending any real money on advertising so far is Bruce
Rauner. And, man, is he ever spending. We break down the ad and other spending
of the five gubernatorial candidates in these charts.
WHO DO YOU LIKE The 2014
election will be a big social media experiment in Illinois. It'll show whether
Facebook success is an accurate indicator of potential success at the polls.
We've tallied the Facebook likes of the five candidates for governor to see how
things are playing out so far. See where they're at here.
FACE-OFF Three of the four
candidates appeared this morning at a forum at the Union League Club of
Chicago. In case you missed it, we've got video here.
BOOMERS VS. MILLENNIALS Off topic:
Cartoonist Scott Stantis' cartoon today asks a pressing question. Are Baby
Boomers the Second Greatest Generation or intolerable whiners? Well, that's how
we interpret the question. The cartoon is here.
HEADLINES Here are the top news stories in Illinois today:
- 5. The Sun-Times has an updated
schedule of the numerous Republican gubernatorial race debates and forums
over the next two months. (Chicago Sun-Times)
4. Democratic State Sen. Mike Frerichs will formally launch his campaign for Illinois treasurer today. (Chicago Sun-Times)
3. The Daily Herald took a look at which suburban school districts tax the most per student. (Daily Herald)
2. Opinion: An ominous-sounding university report is a reminder, not a rejection, of pension reform. (Daily Herald)
1. Kirk Dillard said he would call a truce on job stealing among the Midwest states if he was elected governor. (Daily Herald)