SAY AAH The Mercatus Center at
George Mason University gave all 50 states a thorough exam for financial
health. Illinois did not fare well. We've boiled it down to the best and worst
states in three important categories in this graphic.
AND MORE If you like the
graphic above, don't miss the complete study, with lots of numbered maps that
highlight Illinois' place at the bottom of the nation's financial shame list. It's here.
JOBS, JOBS, JOBS OK, not to pile
on here, but the Mercatus Center study comes on the heels of Moody's Analytics
projecting Illinois as dead last in the nation for job creation in 2014. Here's an interactive map
that shows where Moody's thinks job growth will happen this year.
HARRIS V. QUINN Pam Harris is a
Lake County mom who wanted only to care for her severely disabled son. Instead,
she's found herself in a fight with one of Illinois' biggest unions and her
name on a U.S. Supreme Court case that could reshape labor law in America.
Scott Reeder was in Washington this week for oral arguments and filed this report.
DID WE MENTION JOBS? The Chicago
Tribune is tired of the minimum wage dominating the employment discussion in
the governor's race. It's got some suggestions for making a dent in the state's
fourth-worst-in-the-nation unemployment rate. We sum them up here.
SOUND OFF ON TAX FAIRNESS When big
corporations in Illinois don't want to pay taxes, they threaten to leave and
then receive big tax breaks for staying. This isn't fair, especially to the
many small businesses who pay their taxes and don't have the political or
financial muscle to strong-arm the state for tax breaks. Nor is it fair to
other taxpayers, who shoulder the burden of what the big guys don't pay. Tell
your legislators in Springfield that you want this to end. Our Sound Off tool
makes it easy. A few clicks will tell you who your legislators are and let you
send them a message. It's fast, easy and effective. Click here and get started.
HEADLINES Here are the top news stories in Illinois today:
- 5. Bill Brady believes that,
going forward, every time a school district gives a teacher a pay raise,
the school district needs to also pay the pension cost of that pay raise.
4. Tio Hardiman’s gubernatorial campaign might be short on funds, but it’s long on passion. (NBC Chicago)
3. Despite the Chicago Board of Education scaling back the number of charter schools approved, Mayor Emanuel’s school policy critics are still not pleased. (Chicago Tribune)
2. The Chicago Board of Education approved seven of 17 proposed new charter schools. (Chicago Tribune)
1. Opinion: The minimum wage debate is taking the focus away from the fact Illinois is desperate for jobs. (Chicago Tribune)