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Research by economist found was relatively low-spending, low-revenue state in late 1980s:



On March 22, two State Senate committees heard testimony on Illinois’ fiscal crisis. The not surprising message of the nearly three-hour hearing: the State’s budget problems have built up over many years, driven largely by rising pension costs, and will not be easy to fix.


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Illinois Issues

This article examines the causes and effects of Illinois’ ongoing pension crisis and the Illinois Senate’s proposed solution. Civic Federation President Laurence Msall notes the intent of Illinois...


CBS Chicago

This segment discusses the possible sale of the State of Illinois’ James R. Thompson Center. Laurence Msall, President of the Civic Federation, says that the sale of the building could be a...

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