Newly elected State Sen. Daniel Biss is promising to unveil a new report on where Illinois stands on a variety of measures compared to other states.

“After years of hearing thinly-sourced and often-contradictory claims that Illinois is the best or the worst at all kinds of things, I decided that it was time for us to do our own systematic research on these questions,” Biss said in an email to supporters today.

So he says his office “has engaged in a careful analysis of how Illinois compares to the other 49 states in a very broad variety of categories regarding taxes, budget priorities, education, demographics, socioeconomic mobility, and more.”

“We’ve learned a ton,” Biss says, “and it’s told us some fascinating stories not only about where Illinois is today but also where we ought to go.”

The data fest is planned for 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 15 at Wagner Farm, 1510 Wagner Road in Glenview.

And Biss says he plans to use the conclusions of the research to “guide my legislative agenda in the coming years.”

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. It’s going to get worse in Illinois


    Biss wants to shovel the unfunded teacher's pension to local school districts. Our local superintendents have said when this happens the school boards will have to raise taxes. Yippee, we get to pay more taxes.

    Voters elected more tax and spend Democrats to Springfield. We have seen that Democrats are unwilling to make hard decisions and reform current pensions even after raising taxes more than 60 percent two years ago.

    The chronically high unemployment rate and debt will only get worse. Fasten your seatbelts, folks, it's going to be bumpy ride.

    1. We can fix this

      To stop the increase in Evanston's already excessive real estate taxes, we can elect school board members that pledge to not raise taxes for a 10 year period. I'm sure that the more intelligent citizens of Evanston would go along with this.

      Will we see our teachers bus down to Springfield, form a mob, and chant "raise our taxes", probably, let's see.


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