Why Irvine? For Edwards Lifesciences, it’s the city’s comprehensive business ecosystem

Nick Walker | Irvine Weekly | June 24, 2019

It’s no surprise to anyone here that Irvine is not only a fantastic place to live, but a fantastic place to work.

Lightfoot must pursue pension reform, reasonable labor contracts to fix Chicago’s budget

Bill Reveille | Illinois Policy Institute | June 21, 2019

New Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot gets no honeymoon. Instead, she inherits daunting fiscal challenges without easy solutions.

The best and worst examples of pension oversight

Jason O'Day | Illinois Patch | June 20, 2019

As of fiscal year 2017 the state of Illinois had $134.3 billion in unfunded pension benefits, up from $62.4 billion in 2009.

Illinois’ new budget is ‘most balanced’ in decades, Senate Minority Leader says

Cole Lauterbach | The Neighbor (Illinois) | June 19, 2019

Senate Minority Leader Bill Brady said the new state budget was "as balanced as any budget" Illinois has adopted in decades, even though he voted against it.

Truth in Accounting: Pritzker’s budget ‘at least $4.9 billion out of balance’

Glenn Minnis | Prairie State Wire (Illinois) | June 19, 2019

TIA founder Sheila Weinberg views the new $40 billion state spending plan that Gov. J.B. Pritzker has touted as a “real balanced budget” in the same light as all the previous budgets that have long kept Illinois in the red.

Illinois last state in nation to file official budget report

Cole Lauterbach | Daily Journal (Illinois) | June 18, 2019

Illinois is the only state in America that has yet to release its official report from fiscal year 2018 and state officials don’t yet know when it will be released.

 

Conservative coalition: Republican budget surpasses fiscally responsible limit, ignores key priorities

Bethany Blankley | The Hayride (Louisiana) | June 17, 2019

The budget “addresses the most pressing challenges faced by our state,” Abbott said in a prepared statement.

Not everyone is buying Pritzker’s claim of balanced budget

Jim Dey | The News-Gazette (Illinois) | June 17, 2019

New Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker has been crowing about his accomplishments during the recent legislative session, perhaps none more than his Svengali-like accomplishment passing what he calls a "balanced budget."

Illinois last state in nation to file official budget report

Cole Lauterbach | Daily Journal (Illinois) | June 14, 2019

Illinois is the only state in America that has yet to release its official report from fiscal year 2018 and state officials don’t yet know when it will be released.

Texas’ bump in tax revenue masks long-term debt woes, researcher warns

Michael Carroll | Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas) | June 14, 2019

Truth in Accounting (TIA), a Chicago-based nonprofit that examines government finances, gave Texas a financial grade of “D” last fall in a national study.

A ‘real balanced budget’? Not in Illinois, despite what Gov. Pritzker says

Sheila Weinberg | Chicago Tribune | June 13, 2019

When Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed a $40 billion spending bill into law June 5 it was supposed to usher in a new era of good government and transparency in Illinois history.

Accounting expert questions Illinois lawmakers’ claim of balanced budget

Cole Lauterbach | The Center Square | June 12, 2019

Illinois lawmakers have said the state budget they passed and Gov. J.B. Pritzker enacted was balanced and properly contributes to public pension accounts, but an accounting watchdog said that’s misleading.

Does Illinois have a balanced budget?

Illinois Channel TV | June 11, 2019

TIA's Founder and CEO, Sheila Weinberg, sat down for an interview. She explained that despite misleading claims, the state budget is not balanced.

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