Illinois has often been the topic of many internet jokes. The residents, past and present, make memes, songs, and Facebook groups about how horrible it is to live here and how they can’t wait to leave. What seemed like empty promises are actually becoming realistic population trends, as Illinois has faced a staggering declining population since 2014. In fact, Illinois ranks 49 out of 50 in net migration losses, falling only second behind Alaska. I have my own suspicions as to the factors contributing to this. …

The State of Illinois is gradually plunging into a deeper crisis over its public pensions. The analysis shows that the past 20 years have seen a 500 percent increase in the government’s burden as regards public pension. Currently, the Illinois state’s pension obligation to retired workers amounts to over $214 billion in underfunded obligations. This is as compared to the $85 billion worth of pension payouts that the state currently pays.

Among the leading underfunded state pension plans include the teachers’ retirement pension system and the state university retirement system. Other retired public workers catered for by the Illinois state…

Last year, big banks JPMorgan Chase and Fifth Third Bank created the Entrepreneurs of Color Fund. The newly founded but wildly supported fund provides needed loans to minority-owned businesses in the south and west sides of Chicago. These neighborhoods are known for their neglected and vacant storefronts, and the organization hopes to provide funding to aspiring businesses that can fill these lots and build up the outskirts of the City. As of this week, the mission will accept generous contributions from three more banks and three new foundations — setting the fund at an impressive $9 million.

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As experienced runners like myself can attest to, running is an acquired taste — something that becomes more enjoyable with time. Unfortunately, some individuals run a handful of times before deciding that it’s not for them. I faced the same struggles when I took up running later in my life.

That said, each and every person, from those who’ve never tried running to those who’ve tried it and been disappointed, has the ability to fall in love with running. The trick is to take advantage of some simple and straightforward tips that will maximize the activity’s personal appeal.

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House Bill 5432. Where do I start? Sponsored by Representative Robert Martwick, this bill has wrestled its way through the Illinois government until officially being signed into law on November 28, 2018. After initially making its way successfully through the House and Senate, it was vetoed by the governor on August 17, 2018. Only to be overridden by a supermajority vote by the House and Senate. This bill is yet another piece of the puzzle that further exasperates Illinois’ ever growing pension catastrophe. …

Illinois has not had a properly balanced budget since 2001, but a lax budget is not the reason behind their overall financial crisis. The root of their financial crisis is misguided spending priorities. Even when they had a relatively balanced budget, it merely provided lawmakers with more room to spend money on their misplaced priorities, their priority being pensions, government workers health care, Medicaid, and state worker benefits; leaving them little room to pay unpaid bills or support other core government functions such as higher education and other programs. Let’s lay out a timeline.

1994: Governor Jim Edgar In 1994…

Ron Sandack

IL State Rep. with a record of good government proudly serving the people of the 81st dist. Property Tax Relief. Term Limits. Fair Maps. http://ron-sandack.us/

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