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Illinois Unpaid Vendor Backlog Hits A New Record At Over $16 Billion

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zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden / Sep 19, 2017

Back in July, the state of Illinois narrowly avoided a junk bond rating with a last minute budget deal that included a 32% in hike in income taxes. Republican Governor Bruce Rauner vetoed the budget and called it […]

ILLINOIS TO CREATE GENDER PRICE CONTROL INSPECTORS IN NAME OF “EQUALITY”

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thedailysheeple.com / PAUL GORDON via ISTATE TV / AUGUST 30, 2017

So apparently there was a comprehensive, purely scientific, purely objective study conducted by New York City’s Department of Consumer Affairs back in 2015. The study claims to have compared about 800 products to see the differences between […]

This $5 Trillion Time Bomb Will Devastate Americans

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caseyresearch.com / By Nick Giambruno, editor, Crisis Investing / August 12 2017

Justin’s note: Today, Crisis Investing editor Nick Giambruno discusses one of the biggest crises America faces today…

By Nick Giambruno, editor, Crisis Investing

Over 3,000 millionaires have fled Chicago in recent months.

This is the largest outflow […]

In Fiscal Dire Straits, Connecticut Showers State Disability Workers With Overtime Pay

zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden / Jul 30, 2017

Judging by muni spreads, Illinois is widely considered the most financially troubled state in the country. However, preppy Connecticut, which has the highest per-capita income in the country and whose capital Hartford has been on the verge of bankruptcy for months, isn’t far behind.

As […]

Open the Books Reports – 63,000 Illinois Public Employees Earn Over $100,000 Per Year

libertyblitzkrieg.com / Michael Krieger / Jul 30, 2017

Adam Andrzejewski, CEO of OpenTheBooks.com, has written an interesting piece over at Forbes detailing some of the enormous salaries being paid by taxpayers to Illinois public sector employees.

Here are a few excerpts from the piece, Why Illinois Is In Trouble – 63,000 Public Employees With $100,000+ […]

Illinois Had The Worst Personal Income Growth In The U.S. Over The Past Decade

zerohedge.com / by Austin Berg of IllinoisPolicy.org / Jul 29, 2017

Illinois’ jobs growth was worse than every neighboring state, and half the neighboring state average from June 2016 to June 2017, according to a new report. Data released July 27 by the Illinois Department of Employment Security, or IDES, reveals Illinois’ jobs growth […]

Eight States Including Illinois Have Not Recovered Jobs Lost in Prior Recessions

mishtalk.com / Mike “Mish” Shedlock / July 23, 2017

Illinois, Alabama, Connecticut, Michigan, Mississippi, New Mexico, Ohio, and Wyoming are the only states that still have not regained employment lost during the Great Recession or prior recessions.

The Wall Street Journal comments These Eight States Still Haven’t Regained All Their Lost Jobs.

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Millennials Could Be Key To Illinois’ Housing Recovery… But They’re Fleeing The State

zerohedge.com / by Madelyn Harwood via IllinoisPolicy.org / Jul 16, 2017 4:35 PM

Illinois loses more millennial taxpayers and dependents to other states than any state except New York; this means Illinois’ distressed housing market is losing a big contingent of first-time homebuyers.

Illinois had the nation’s third-highest share of seriously underwater properties […]

Illinois “Budget Deal” Is Likely The Death Knell For The State’s $130 Billion Underfunded Pensions

zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden / Jul 14, 2017 4:46 PM

Last August, in a post that attempted to explain why public pensions are really about $8 trillion underfunded, as opposed to the $3-$5 trillion that you frequently see tossed around in the press, we described pensions in the following way:

Defined Benefit […]

Illinois Budget: What it Does and Doesn’t Do (Surprise Giveaway to Muni Bondholders?)

mishtalk.com / Mike “Mish” Shedlock / July 12, 2017

Illinois now has a budget, the first in three fiscal years. An excellent writeup on The Stump entitled Illinois Financial Disaster: Even More Reactions to the Budget explains what passage of the budget does and does not do.

Here are some links mentioned by The […]

Illinois Now Has a Budget, and a Huge Backlog of Bills to Pay

financialsense.com / INDEPENDENT INSTITUTE / 07/10/2017

After going over two years without any kind of fiscal plan, Illinois’ state government now has a budget after the state’s legislature overrode a veto by the state’s governor to impose large tax increases on the incomes of the state’s residents and corporations. Unfortunately, Illinois’ legislature made no effort […]

This Inevitable Crisis Just Became Imminent

caseyresearch.com / By Justin Spittler, editor, Casey Daily Dispatch / Jul 10, 2017

It’s about to become the first U.S. state with a “junk” credit rating.

It’s broke…and running out of time. It doesn’t have enough money to fix its roads. It can’t feed its prisoners. It can’t even pay its lottery winners.

I’m talking […]

Too Much, Too Little, Too Late: Junk Status for Illinois Coming Up

mishtalk.com / Mike “Mish” Shedlock / July 6, 2017

Springfield is in lockdown mode after white powder was thrown at Governor Bruce Rauner. Emergency crews and a hazmat team are at the capitol.

The House was expected to override Rauner’s veto of a budget today. That vote will have to wait, but waiting will […]

State Pension Crisis Leading to High-Tax Exodus

financialsense.com / FS STAFF / 07/06/2017

Many public pension plans are dragging down their respective state and local governments, and the root of the problem is legislative inflexibility and demographic shifts, stated Chicago resident Jim Bianco, head of Bianco Research.

This time on FS Insider, we spoke with Bianco about the massive public pension funding […]

Even with Looming $5 Billion Tax Increase, Illinois Still Heading Toward Junk Rating

schiffgold.com / BY SCHIFFGOLD / JULY 6, 2017

Lawmakers in Illinois appear on the verge of passing the state’s first budget in two years. The measure includes a $5 billion tax increase on the good people of of the state. But the Illinois’ finances are in such a mess, even that may not be enough. […]

Rauner Vetoes 32% Tax Hike Bill But Wimpy Republicans Expected to Override Veto

mishtalk.com / Mike “Mish” Shedlock / July 4, 2017

A massive, permanent tax hike with Rauner 0-44 in proposed reforms is now in the cards.

Rauner proposed a temporary tax hike and called a special session to work out a bipartisan plan.

Instead, the Illinois legislature passed a massive and permanent tax hike. The […]

Illinois Tax Rate Soars 32% After Senate Overrides Governor Veto

zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden / Jul 4, 2017 6:33 PM

Two days ago when we reported that the Illinois House had voted 72-45 to pass a 32% income tax hike (and a $36 billion spending plan), in an last ditch scramble to provide the state with its first budget in three years (or else […]

Governor Vows To Veto The Illinois House Approved 32% Tax Increase

thedailysheeple.com / Dawn Luger / July 3, 2017

Illinois is suffering an economic collapse due to the burdening cost of bloated government. In their third year without a budget, instead of cutting down on government intervention, the house politicians insisted on raising taxes.

Many in the Land of Lincoln bailed on the state when […]

Illinois House Approves Historic 32% Tax Increase, Governor Vows Veto

zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden / Jul 3, 2017

With Illinois, which on Saturday morning entered its third fiscal year without a budget, facing a catastrophic downgrade, late on Sunday evening the Illinois House approved the most controversial element of a budget package, a tax hike which will increase the income tax rate by […]

America’s Pension Bomb: Illinois Is Just the Start

zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden / Jul 1, 2017

We’ve written quite a bit over the past couple of months about the pending financial crisis in Illinois which will inevitability result in the state’s debt being downgraded to “junk” at some point in the near future (here is our latest from just this […]

It’s Not Just Illinois: Connecticut Faces Friday Day Of Reckoning

zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden / Jun 30, 2017 4:45 AM

With Illinois facing a Friday night deadline by which it has to come up with its first fiscal budget in three years or face a downgrade to junk resulting in what a policymaker called a “death spiral“, another mini drama is taking place in […]

Amazing Progress Illinois Style: Welcome to the Obama Expressway!

mishtalk.com / Mike “Mish” Shedlock / June 28, 2017

Yesterday, in response to alleged “progress” on Obamacare I penned Mish’s Rule of Progress.

Today, I am pleased to announce even more amazing budget progress in the state of Illinois.

First, let’s recap progress at the national level.

On Tuesday, President Trump called all […]

Illinois Is Venezuela & The Solution Is Cryptocurrency

zerohedge.com / Authored op-ed by Ken Kurson via The Observer / Jun 28, 2017 12:23 PM

The reason I’m so much fun at parties is that my idea of a good time is to lecture everyone on cryptocurrency. I can pretty much talk bitcoin and blockchain with Hamiltonian fervor all night.

Ever since I […]

Payouts Over $25,000 “Will Experience A Delay” As Powerball Pulls Out Of Illinois Today

zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden / Jun 28, 2017 10:20 AM

As if Illinois didn’t have enough to worry about between an imminent downgrade to junk (as soon as July 1), soaring debt costs, insolvent pension funds, and roads that may soon resemble the lunar surface, today in the latest insult to a relentless […]

Illinois Policymaker: “We Are About To Become The Financial Deadbeat Of The Nation”

zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden / Jun 27, 2017

One week ago, Illinois state comptroller, Susana Mendoza, gave a detailed explanation in her letter to Gov. Rauner and members of the state legislature – two parties that have been locked in a nearly three year long confrontation, preventing them from agreeing on a state […]