Construction season means high costs for Illinois taxpayers

From Illinois Policy April 2017 Construction season means high costs for Illinois taxpayers Workers’ compensation increases construction costs and often traps injured workers in a harmful system. Insurance premiums cost 20 percent of payroll for concrete construction workers in Illinois. As warm weather ushers in a new construction season, Illinois governments can advance critical infrastructure …

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Press Release: How to close $2B of the 2018 IL. budget shortfall

News From State Representative Mark Batinick For Immediate Release                                                               Contact: Debbie Kraulidis         April 25, 2017                                                                                         (815) 254-0000   How to close $2B of the 2018 budget shortfall   Anyone following the Illinois budget impasse knows that our pile of unpaid bills is growing; up to $12.9 Billion and counting.  This creates added …

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Illinois crafted the solution to its pension crisis nearly 20 years ago/many lawmakers don’t even know that plan exists

Illinois crafted the solution to its pension crisis nearly 20 years ago when lawmakers passed a retirement plan that gave state university workers an alternative to the state’s traditional pension plan. The problem is many lawmakers don’t even know that plan exists. More than 20,000 university workers have opted into this alternative 401(k)-style plan since its creation. …

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