Author Archives: Steve Reick

The Next Step to Opening Up the Economy

With the announcement of Washington’s three-phase plan to begin opening up the economy after the COVID-19 lockdown, the focus now shifts to determining the extent to which states and municipalities meet certain “gating criteria” which show how the rate of … Continue reading

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COVID-19 Update: Local Resources

As you are no doubt aware, the Governor issued an executive order requiring people to stay in their homes until April 7th except for the purpose of obtaining essential needs. A fuller explanation of what constitutes “essential need” and those … Continue reading

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Providing Some Property Tax Relief for Low-Income Seniors

Property taxes are never too far from the top of the list of things that concern Illinois taxpayers, and there is no shortage of proposals to lower them. As we search for ways to lower property taxes for everyone, I’m … Continue reading

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Woodstock’s Mayor Wants to “Change Behavior” by Cloaking a Tax Increase as Environmental Concern. I Guess He Really Is a Democrat After All.

Woodstock’s ten-cent bag tax went into effect on January 1st, and I took an informal poll of shoppers as I walked the aisles at my local Jewel. Most seemed to know about it, but still had not brought their own … Continue reading

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Who Fills the Vacuum in the Illinois GOP “Civil War”, and Why?

Jonah Goldberg has written an article in National Review talking about the recent primary election for Senator in Alabama. I was struck by how much the points he made apply to the current situation within the Republican Party in Illinois. … Continue reading

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