Welcome to the second edition of the Illinois Policy Institute’s Legislators’ Guide to the Issues.
Expanded and updated, you’ll find this book on lawmakers’ desks and in the hands of grassroots activists. The Guide provides concise summaries of the top public policy issues facing our state, as well as specific recommendations for improving public policy in Illinois. Entries provide illuminating information in the areas of education, taxes, budget and spending, government reform, healthcare, transportation and energy, and the workplace.
At the Institute, we believe that policy changes lives. We know that good policy can change lives for the better. Illinois needs real change. Our state was once an economic powerhouse, known throughout the nation as a beacon of opportunity and prosperity. Today, Illinois is showing an alarming pattern of continually slipping behind other states in major national rankings of economic health. Putting our state back on the path to prosperity requires a new set of guiding principles, and policies, to govern our state. The Guide offers a roadmap forward.