ILLINOIS POLICY INSTITUTE

Illinois' comeback story starts here

Chicago, IL   |  http://illinoispolicy.org

Mission

The Illinois Policy Institute is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization. Our mission is to transform liberty principles into marketable policies that become law.

Our vision is for Illinois to be a beacon of prosperity that will shine across the Midwest and the nation. By unleashing Illinois' talent and entrepreneurial ability, the Land of Lincoln can rise once again.

Ruling year info

2003

President

Mr. Matthew Paprocki

Main address

300 S Riverside Plaza Suite 1650

Chicago, IL 60606 USA

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EIN

41-2057028

NTEE code info

Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis (W05)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

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Programs and results

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Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Education policy center

We promote:
- Ensuring education dollars directly follow each child instead of bloated administrations and special-interest groups
- Allowing families to choose the best schooling options for their children
- Policies that encourage innovative learning options for students

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

We promote:
- Transparent government activity and spending
- Policies that hold elected officials accountable to taxpayers
- Consolidation of state and local governing bodies

Population(s) Served
Adults

We promote:
- A flat income-tax rate and eventual elimination of the state income tax
- A balanced state budget that does not include raising taxes
- Ending the practice of doling out tax credits to politically connected businesses and all other forms of cronyism, thus creating a level playing field for all
- Elimination of taxes that discourage entrepreneurship and encourage out-migration

Population(s) Served
Adults

We promote:
- Tax and regulatory policies that encourage entrepreneurs and small businesses
- A cap on property taxes
- Reforms to employer liabilities including workers' compensation and unemployment insurance
- Alternatives to occupational licensing for low-income occupations
- Online crowdfunding for small businesses and tech startups
- Empowering individuals with local laws that foster shared-economy services, such as home-produced food, ridesharing and home-sharing.

Population(s) Served
Adults

We promote:
- Empowering state employees by giving them control over their own retirements with self-managed retirement plans
- Giving municipalities control over local pension reform

Population(s) Served
Adults

We promote:
- Transparent government contract negotiations
- Empowering state employees to represent themselves in the public workplace
- Right to Work, which protects a worker's right to choose whether to join a union and pay union dues

Population(s) Served
Adults

We support:
- Repealing mandatory minimum sentencing laws, allowing judges to tailor punishments to each crime and individual circumstance
- Reducing laws that criminalize victimless activities
- Removing state-imposed barriers that prevent ex-offenders from finding work and integrating back into society
- Stopping civil asset forfeiture

Population(s) Served
Incarcerated people

Where we work

Our results

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Good government policy center

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Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

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Labor policy center

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Number of public-sector workers opting out of membership in their union. 2021 number is as of August, 2022.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The Illinois Policy Institute believes:

That civil and personal liberties must be protected and preserved.

Illinois should be a place where people of all talents, interests and cultural backgrounds can succeed with hard work and ingenuity.

In effective, efficient, honest and transparent government that is accountable to taxpayers and residents in need, not political special interests.

That the best policies empower people – and limit the power of government.

That a public pension system that threatens to bankrupt our state, drive down economic growth and evaporate retirements for public-sector workers is immoral — but that modest reforms can solve this crisis.

Property taxes must be brought under control so people are not forced out of their homes.

Workers deserve the right to choose whether a labor union serves their values and interests.

Economic policy should focus on creating jobs and opportunities for all.

Voters deserve choices at the ballot box and no politician is entitled to a “safe” seat.

Each child should have access to educational opportunities that prepare them for the future.

The Illinois Policy Institute works to make Illinois the best state in the nation to raise a family, grow a business and pursue happiness. We do this by empowering Illinoisans with:

Truth: Accurate, timely information about the political decisions that affect their lives.

Solutions: Innovative, effective and data-driven policy solutions that fix Illinois’ biggest problems.

Community: A strong, supportive community of Illinoisans who take action to advance solutions.

We reach people with the right message at the right time – through the right channels. We have one of the biggest megaphones in the state, with an audience of highly engaged community members we directly speak to through our website, email newsletters and social media. We also spread the word about our ideas and solutions through legacy media.

To achieve the big changes needed to save Illinois, our partner advocacy organization, Illinois Policy, proposes legislative solutions that fix our state’s biggest problems. Illinois Policy is proud to partner with effective lawmakers and organizations in this fight.

2021
● Our years of work to reveal the truth about Mike Madigan culminated in the end
of his reign. On Jan 13, he was unseated as Speaker of the House.
● Killed a $1 billion small business tax hike Gov. Pritzker tried to sneak through the
lame duck legislative session.
● Launched the Full Slate Project to combat voter suppression in Illinois and give
voters a choice at the ballot box for the first time in decades.
● Won the “Best Issue Campaign” Bob Williams Award for our defeat of the
progressive income tax.
● Three years after we first highlighted Hayli Martenez’s story, legislators passed
“Hayli’s Law,” ensuring that local governments will not try to stop children from
selling nonalcoholic mixed beverages on private property or in public parks.
● Pressured lawmakers to reform Illinois’ extensive culture of corruption, leading to
the enactment of an omnibus ethics package.
● Since 2017, 9% of workers represented by public-sector unions have stopped
paying dues or fees in the state of Illinois, translating to as much as $38 million
per year no longer flowing into government union coffers. The 38,353 workers
who opted out of their unions following Janus could nearly fill Wrigley Field.

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ILLINOIS POLICY INSTITUTE

Board of directors
as of 09/06/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. John Tillman

Illinois Policy Institute

Ed Bachrach

Mark Miller

Craig Manske

Art Margulis

Dick Weiss

Sara Albrecht

Sherry Street

John Tillman

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

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