Bill is Director of Research for the Family Taxpayers Foundation and has researched and written over 150 articles on Illinois public salaries and pensions since 2005. Over the past 30 years, Zettler has been owner or principal of three different software companies.
In his well-documented and provocative book, Bill debunks the common myths about why Illinois is last in pension funding. According to Zettler, collusion between public sector unions and Illinois politicians has resulted in more than 130 benefit increases since 1970. Those benefit enhancements and their costs have been underplayed by both the public sector unions and the politicians. Currently, there are over 6,700 pensions in excess of $100,000/yr. These pension benefits are growing at a rate of over 20%/yr. Zettler uses publicly available information on salaries and pensions to develop a powerful argument for immediate restrictions on Illinois public salaries and pensions in order to bring them into line with the private sector and to prevent the state from bankrupting Illinois’ children’s future.
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The Meyers Report: New Regulations For Mortgage Servicing
“The real issue is not new regulations, but a willingness on the part of the state and federal governments to enforce regulations at all,” said attorney Tim Sullivan of Hinshaw and Cullbertson. “It makes no sense to invent new regulations, when we now have plenty of regs and laws that could do the job already, but just need regulators and the legal system to act.”
Some unintended consequences of the new regulations will be to slow down processing and increase costs to consumers. Cost increase will be particularly felt in the form of higher interest rates to cover the increased costs of the servicers.
Gov. Quinn State of the State
Gov. Quinn’s address can also be summed up as delusional in its lack of reality based solutions. Most of his talk of jobs centered on government based jobs initiatives, not jobs in the private sector.
Chicago’s deadly gun control lessons
Children die despite draconian laws
Fifty-six children – under the age of 18 – met violent ends last year in Chicago, while 133 individuals – nearly one-third of all the murdered victims – never saw their 21st birthday. Still the city and the state don’t want to talk about the nightmare that Chicago’s African-American and Hispanic neighborhoods have become. Nobody is asking how the state of Illinois’ disastrous economic situation is contributing to violence on the streets of Chicago.
“The Quad” has arrived!
18 and 19 year-olds are challenging the professional national TV networks with a show called “The Quad”.
Just when so many of us older folks feel that the future of the free market movement has been lost to the liberals and progressives, along comes Turning Point USA!!
Counterfeit Marriage Legislation Passes in Illinois Senate
Thirty-four state senators in the Illinois Senate cave in to pressure from the homosexual lobby. Despite an outpouring of calls, emails and faxes against redefining marriage and family, lawmakers in the Illinois Senate passed SB 10 on Wednesday afternoon by a vote of 34 to 21 with 2 voting present.
Five pro-family lawmakers, Senators Tim Bivins (R-Dixon), Dan Duffy (R-Barrington), William Haine (D-Alton), Dale Righter (R-Mattoon), and Kyle McCarter (R-Vandalia), had the courage to challenge this anti-family legislation on the Senate floor during debate while seven Democratic lawmakers made emotional manipulative appeals for the bill’s passage. Surprisingly, Senator Jason Barickman (R-Bloomington) was the only Republican to speak in favor of this anti-family legislation.