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John Tillman and the Illinois Policy Institute: Can Illinois be the Texas of the Midwest?

by Nancy J. Thorner It was on a mild day in early December 2015, when I traveled with great anticipation using the Metra Union Pacific North Line from my home in Lake Bluff to the Ogilvie Transportation Center in Chicago to conduct my personal interview with John Tillman, CEO of the Illinois Policy Institute, a [...]

By | May 6th, 2016|Illinois, John Tillman|Comments Off on John Tillman and the Illinois Policy Institute: Can Illinois be the Texas of the Midwest?

Congressional Fundraising: Investing in winners and losers without a strategy.

In 2016, Republican donors may invest roughly $30 million in the 18 Congressional district races in Illinois without actually having a strategy for achieving a better outcome. Much of the money will go to defend safe incumbents rather than to win Democratic districts. Since Democratic voter turnout has historically been higher in presidential years as [...]

By | May 5th, 2016|Feature Story, Fundraising, Illinois|Comments Off on Congressional Fundraising: Investing in winners and losers without a strategy.

A Call to Action: Run for Office

Editor’s note: The filing period has passed for individuals interested in getting on the 2016 primary election ballot. However, the call for new candidates never ends, since 2017 will see municipal and other local level elections. ATFC recently spoke with a Republican circulating petitions to run for office in Illinois - here are his words: [...]

By | May 4th, 2016|Election Coverage, Feature Story, Illinois|Comments Off on A Call to Action: Run for Office

Governor Rauner’s “State of the State”: “Where’s the Call to Action?”

Illinois still does not have a budget. As the impasse between the General Assembly and the governor continues on into its second calendar year, the fiscal state of the state continues to worsen. The state’s social service infrastructure is being destroyed. The state’s credit rating continues to suffer, and a lack of spending caps on [...]

By | March 14th, 2016|Feature Story, Illinois|0 Comments

GOP Townships Censure U.S. Senator Mark Kirk for His Votes

For many, the concern over Illinois Republican U.S. Senator Mark Kirk’s voting record has reached the tipping point. In late 2015 the Aurora Township Republican Central Committee in suburban Kane County voted to censure Kirk not once, but twice due to his votes against defunding abortion provider Planned Parenthood. As reported by Illinois Review, the [...]

By | March 13th, 2016|Feature Story, Illinois|Comments Off on GOP Townships Censure U.S. Senator Mark Kirk for His Votes

It’s A Time for Choosing Whether to Stay or Leave Illinois

The Illinois Policy Institute’s Michael Lucci wrote this last year: “Gallup released a stunning poll that shows 50 percent of Illinoisans want to leave the state, the highest percentage of any state nationally. This comes a week after Illinois’ worst-in-the nation performance in a Gallup poll that showed one in four Illinoisans consider Illinois to [...]

By | March 10th, 2016|Feature Story, Illinois|Comments Off on It’s A Time for Choosing Whether to Stay or Leave Illinois