Category: Commentary

April Fools Take to the Streets of Chicago

View as PDF CHICAGO – Last Friday, April 1, the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) orchestrated a mass, one-day pseudo-strike in conjunction with other likeminded activists and unions. Together, they aired a litany of grievances...

Legal Plunder: How Civil Asset Forfeiture Enriches the Police

CHICAGO – Illinois is in the midst of its fifth month without a state budget and the financial situation is becoming increasingly dire by the day, so taxpayers are rightly outraged by the state government’s mismanagement of their hard-earned tax dollars. But if the ongoing budget issues haven’t infuriated the taxpayers of Illinois, then a new report by the Institute for Justice, Policing for Profit: The Abuse of Civil Asset Forfeiture, should certainly grab their attention…

Illinois Has Become Another Greece

View as PDF CHICAGO—The State of Illinois has become an economic disaster-area just like the country of Greece, according to Jim Tobin, President of Taxpayer Education Foundation, and for the same reasons. We can...

Why Chicago Bonds Are Junk, in 7 Charts

By Michael Johnston   The Windy City’s financial woes are unlikely to blow over any time soon. Following an Illinois Supreme Court ruling earlier this month, Chicago’s bonds received a downgrade to “junk” status by...

CIVIC FEDERATION: FRIEND OF BANKS AND STATUS QUO, NOT TAXPAYERS

The Civic Federation, described by the Chicago press as “One of the state’s most prominent tax watchdog groups,” or a “Taxpayer’s watchdog group,” may be a watchdog for banks, large corporations and special interests invested in the status quo, but it certainly is not a watchdog on behalf of taxpayers, according to Jim Tobin, President of Taxpayers United of America (TUA)…