ILLINOIS POLICY INSTITUTE

ILLINOIS POLICY INSTITUTE

Chicago, IL

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The mission of Illinois Policy Institute is to promote personal freedom and prosperity in Illinois. It educates and engages citizens, lawmakers, and the courts to ensure all Illinoisans have: an honest, efficient and transparent government; access to educational opportunities that prepare each child for the future; the right to earn a living; economic policies that create jobs and opportunity; limited taxation; and the ability to choose health coverage best suited to each individual’s needs.

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CIPS WINS 2016 THINK TANK SHARK TANK COMPETITION FOR OPEN ONLINE COURSE

Indonesians are widely dispersed on more than 6,000 islands, so spreading the ideas of liberty throughout the culture is most cost-effective online. For its proposal to fund a massive open online course (MOOC) devoted to teaching how free trade makes food affordable for the poor, Center for Indonesian Policy Studies (CIPS) won t...

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THREE THINK TANK SHARK TANK CONTESTANTS WILL COMPETE FOR $25,000

The worldwide freedom movement’s most exciting new project ideas are showcased each year as part of Atlas Network’s Think Tank Shark Tank competition, sponsored by the Smith Family Foundation. This year’s edition will feature three contestants who will pitch their projects before a panel of judges and an audience of hundreds of...

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ILLINOIS LAWMAKERS RECEIVE STAGGERING BENEFITS FROM TAXPAYERS

The total cost for the Illinois legislature is staggering — an estimated $32 million per year, according to a recent study from Atlas Network partner the Illinois Policy Institute. “The Cost of Illinois’ Lawmakers” examines salaries, health care, dental plans, pensions, per diem disbursements, and mileage reimbursements for Illi...

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ECONOMIC FREEDOM ENABLES SUCCESS AFTER PRISON

Each year, 30,000 people leave Illinois prisons after completing their sentences. They’ve made mistakes and served their time. But now, the biggest challenge they face will be getting back on their feet and staying out of crime.

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CARTOONS SATIRIZE ILLINOIS GOVERNMENT, PUBLIC POLICY

Ever since editorial cartoonist Thomas Nast used the power of images to help dismantle the corrupt Boss Tweed’s Tammany Hall political machine in the 19th century, generations of cartoonists to follow have built the medium into an effective tool of satirical communication that makes people laugh by distilling complex ideas to th...

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A LOOK BACK AT THE MOST INSPIRATIONAL LIBERTY EVENT OF THE YEAR

You never know where your next big idea will originate — a dynamic speaker, a moving video, an interactive workshop, a chance conversation. Inspiration can arise from almost anywhere, and a primary reason that Atlas Network organizes Liberty Forum & Freedom Dinner (LFFD) every year is to facilitate an environment in which there...

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THINK TANK CEOS GATHER IN LITHUANIA TO CHALLENGE STATUS QUO

On the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the Lithuanian Free Market Institute (LFMI), and nearly one year since the organization won the 2014 Templeton Freedom Award, the Vilnius-based think tank welcomed CEOs from Atlas Network partner organizations across Europe and the United States for the inaugural Transatlantic CEO Summi...

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CHICAGO CREDIT DOWNGRADES MAY FORCE CITY TO FACE FISCAL REALITY

Chicago recently experienced a huge reality check. Moody’s Investors Service, Standard & Poor’s, and Fitch Ratings — the three major credit rating firms — downgraded some of the city’s debt to “junk” status. This means that the cost of borrowing is going to rise for the city, which will result in an unpopular diversion of scarce...

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SEIZING THE MORAL HIGH GROUND

Policy victories are won when campaigns claim the moral high ground and put the enemies of freedom on the defensive. During a Liberty Forum session called “Seizing the Moral High Ground,” hear how a progressive tax was defeated in deep blue Illinois; how the poverty alleviation debate has been reframed; how free market defenders...

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