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Illinois’ workers’ compensation system is the most costly in the region, according to a 2014 biennial study of all states by the state of Oregon. The Oregon study compares workers’ compensation costs among states, averaged across industries, and shows that Illinois has the most expensive system in the Midwest and the seventh-most-expensive system nationwide.
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SPRINGFIELD — Noting some hard numbers from November, Illinois manufacturers say they’re watching Springfield for decisions on taxes and spending as they keep battling in a worldwide marketplace.
While Illinois gained a few jobs in November, they weren’t in manufacturing.
A new study is putting a price on political corruption.
Researchers found that Illinois is among the ten most corrupt states in the country.
They say corruption is costing states, $1,308 per person.
A new study from Pew Charitable Trusts has blown a hole in the myth that Illinois’ budget crisis is driven by a revenue shortage. Pew’s research shows that over the recession era, Illinois has increased state tax revenue more than any state except North Dakota. And revenues in Illinois and North Dakota have gone up for opposite reasons. Tax revenues in the Roughrider State have exploded as a result of massive economic growth, even while state income tax rates have been slashed in half. In Illinois, tax revenues went up in a stagnant economy as a result of the crippling 2011 income-tax hikes.
MOST ANTI-GUN BILL EVER
by Steve Balich
|Earlier today, hardcore antigun extremists in the Illinois House introduced HB4359 which would require you to surrender your FOID card and firearms if your name ever appears on the government’s “NO FLY LIST.” Obama and the gun grabbers would like you to believe that people on this list are too dangerous to own guns. If one accepts that simplistic view, then HB4359 might make sense to them. However, the thinking person will have a lot of serious questions about the no-fly list.
NO-FLY LIST Q&A:
1. Q: How does a person get on the No-Fly List? A: That’s a secret.
WHO ARE THE LEGISLATORS RESPONSIBLE FOR HB4359?
1. Rep. Greg Harris (217) 782-3835
2. Rep. Lou Lang (217) 782-1252
3. Rep. Deborah Conroy (217) 782-8158
4. Rep. Litesa Wallace (217) 782-3167
5. Rep. Emanuel Welch (217) 782-8120
6. Rep. Christian Mitchell (217) 782-2023
7. Rep. Jaime Andrade, Jr. (217) 782-8117
8. Rep. Martin Moylan (217) 782-8007
9. Rep. Cynthia Soto (217) 782-0150
10. Rep. Mary Flowers (217) 782-4207
11. Rep. Anna Moeller (217) 782-8020
12. Rep. Kathleen Willis (217) 782-3374
13. Rep. John D’Amico (217) 782-8198
14. Rep. Sonya Harper (217) 782-5971
15. Rep. Camille Lilly (217) 782-6400
WHAT DOES HB4359 MEAN TO YOU?
IF THIS BILL PASSES AND YOU EVER END UPON THE NO-FLY LIST:
WHAT YOU NEED TO DO TO PROTECT YOUR GUN RIGHTS:
1. Call each of the Representatives listed above and politely tell the person who answers the phone that you do not support HB4359 and its attack on the 2nd and 5th Amendments.
WE ARE HERE TO DEFEND YOU
Rest assured that the ISRA will be keeping on top of developments in this situation. Please check your email regularly for updates or visit our web site: http://www.isra.org
The ISRA is the state’s leading advocate of safe, lawful and responsible firearms ownership. For more than a century, the ISRA has represented the interests of millions of lawful Illinois firearm owners. # # #
by Mitch Hoban
Illinois’s Tort Climate is the fourth worst in the country, following New Jersey, New York and Florida, according to the U.S. Tort Liability Index: 2010 Report from the Pacific Research Institute (PRI).
Illinois’s monetary tort losses and litigation risks are high and its tort rules are relatively weak. Illinois ranks third worst for monetary tort loss and fifth for highest litigation risk. Its tort system imposes excessive and undue costs on the people of Illinois and results in forgone production of goods and services, higher prices, lower wages, restricted access to health care and decreased returns on investments.
by Michael Lucci | Illinois Policy Institute
The estimated cost to Illinois’ state and local governments of compensating workers injured on the job is just under $600 million per year. Gov. Bruce Rauner has placed fixing Illinois’ workers’ compensation system high on his turnaround agenda in order to rein in these costs as well as to free Illinois’ economy from the dampening effects of the current costly regime. For years, manufacturing and construction firms across the state have urged lawmakers to change the state’s workers’ compensation laws, and manufacturers leaving the state of Illinois frequently cite runaway workers’ compensation costs as their main reason for relocating.
by Michael Lucci | Illinois Policy Institute
Illinois manufacturers often pay as much as three times more in workers’ compensation costs than comparable businesses in Indiana. These businesses can save millions in workers’ compensation costs by moving just a few miles. Illinois’ workers’ compensation laws are harming workers and employers, and as a result, are hurting the Illinois budget by reducing the state’s tax base. A study from the state of Oregon confirmed that Illinois’ workers’ compensation costs are sky-high, especially compared to neighboring states.
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