The softer side of Michael Madigan

October 18, 2017 | Chicago Tribune

Someone call the police about a missing person. Missing and replaced by a person of interest, actually. A man with a distinct resemblance to House Speaker Michael Madigan has been photographed reading books to children. 

The greatest threat to our national security? Federal debt

October 17, 2017 | The Washington Examiner

Wednesday morning, President Trump celebrated the recent stock market rally to new heights.

State of our states

October 13, 2017 | Byrne & Company Wealth Management

What would you do if you received an unexpected bill for $10,000? A recent study ranks individual state debt as it pertains to each taxpayer.

Illinois’ pensions debt grow more in one year than half of states’ entire budgets

October 12, 2017 | Illinois News Network

In one year, Illinois' pensions added more debt than 25 U.S. states' entire budgets. 

Providence finances in dire straits

October 11, 2017 | GoLocalProv (Rhode Island)

Repeated decisions by City Officials has left the City of Providence, Rhode Island with a staggering debt burden of $2.2 billion according to Truth in Accounting’s (TIA) analysis of the most recent financial filings.

In the Tank

October 10, 2017 | The Heartland Institute

Podcast including interview of Sheila Weinberg re: Truth in Accounting and our recently issued Financial State of the States report."

Misleading reporting by Reuters on Chicago finances

October 9, 2017 | Wirepoints Illinois News

Peanuts. That’s what you’d think it would take to stabilize Chicago’s fiscal situation if you relied on a Reuters story last week.

The accounting fraud behind the debt ceiling

October 5, 2017 | The Washington Examiner

President Donald Trump's debt ceiling compromise with congressional Democrats earlier this month kept the government open through December and represented the first major bipartisan compromise of the administration. 

California’s soaring poverty rates tied to its fiscal irresponsibility

October 3, 2017 | California Policy Center

The U.S. Census Bureau’s latest statistics, released this month, find that California’s poverty rate remains the highest in the nation, despite dipping ever so slightly. The reason is no surprise: It’s tied largely to the state’s unusually high cost of living.

Taxpayers have their own bill of rights in Colorado. But who benefits?

October 2, 2017 | Governing

The blue tag on the streetlight outside Robert Loevy’s Colorado Springs home in 2010 didn’t signal an upcoming utility project. It was a receipt to show he had paid the $100 to keep his light on for the year. 

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