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By James D. Nowlan,J. Thomas Johnson

Persistent difficulties have left Illinois the butt of jokes and threatened it with financial disaster. In Fixing Illinois, James D. Nowlan and J. Thomas Johnson use their 4 a long time of expertise as public servants, Springfield veterans, and executive observers to offer a entire application of just about 100 particular coverage principles aimed toward rescuing the kingdom from its lengthy record of problems.


Nowlan and Johnson commence with the historical past of the way probably the most wealthy states of the Fifties turned a present-day mess riven through debt and discord and more and more deserted by means of either companies and voters. between their greater than 90 proposals to revive Illinois to greatness:


• An overhaul of kingdom pension structures that incorporates extra average advantages and extending of the retirement age, between different changes;

• lowering one of many nation's maximum company tax charges to draw business;

• Medicare reform via an coverage voucher program;

• not easy that faculties elevate expectancies for achievement, relatively in rural and impoverished city areas;

• a brand new method of better schooling that features a market-driven approach that places money within the arms of scholars instead of institutions;

• Broadening of the tax base to incorporate companies and relief in rates;

• The production of a long term plan to take care of the state's five-star transportation infrastructure;

• elevating money with capital building bonds to replace and combine the antiquated info structures utilized by kingdom agencies;

• Uprooting the state's entrenched tradition of corruption through public financing of elections, redistricting reform, and revolving door prohibitions for lawmakers.


Pointed, sincere, and pragmatic, Fixing Illinois is a plan for potent and sincere executive that seeks a fair nobler finish: restoring our religion in Illinois's associations and reviving a feeling of citizenship and nation pride.

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