ANN'S BLOG

July 25, 2018

Early Childhood Education: Good for Illinois’ Children and Budget

According to recent reports, several school districts across Illinois were surprised to learn that their state funding had been slashed for early childhood education (ECE), resulting in sudden cutbacks to services. This is a reckless way to fund public education. These types of haphazard moves are disruptive for children, parents and educational staffs. Furthermore, they are counterproductive. It is well-established …

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July 25, 2018

Our best defense against income inequality? Unions.

The wealth gap in the United States is real, and growing. Wealth among the top 1 percent of Americans has exploded while for those 90 percent or below, real income has been stagnant or even declining. The graph below clearly shows the progression of the gap: Of course, most families in District 27 don’t need a graph to know this. …

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July 24, 2018

Taxes in Illinois vs. Other States

One popular tactic taken by naysayers is to compare Illinois taxes to those in other states. A recent editorial highlighted the fact that Texas, Georgia and Colorado have lower property taxes than Illinois. The editorial left out the fact that Texas, Georgia and Colorado all receive more federal subsidies than Illinois – meaning our residents are subsidizing the residents of …

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