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August 01st 2014:The state of Illinois: how to fix the mess

This week, we take a hard look at the lowest credit rated state in the country: Illinois. What are the issues, what are the problems and what are the solutions for the Land of Lincoln and the home state of President Obama. We gather experts to provide insights and answers. First, we have Ted Dabrowkski from the Illinois Policy Institute to review how bad things truly are with not only pensions, but unfunded health care liabilities. Next, Ted Maisch from the Illinois Chamber of Commerce provides his insight into what the state needs to do to attract and keep business. Lastly, we get Jonat

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Ted Dabrowski

Ted Dabrowski is Vice President of Policy at the Illinois Policy Institute, where he develops and recommends solutions to the state’s economic and fiscal problems with a focus on Illinois budget and tax policy, health care, pension reform, education policy and job creation. Ted currently serves as a volunteer board member for Virtual Learning Solutions, a not-for-profit board that intends to open a charter school in Illinois. Recently, Ted was the lead consultant to the Education Committee for Gov. Quinn’s Taxpayer Action Board. That board was responsible for proposing efficiencies in state spending across the state’s various spending programs. Ted has also authored documents focused o
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Todd Maisch

As Executive Vice President, Todd Maisch oversees the Business Services Division, Government Affairs and the Membership and Marketing Department. Maisch is also responsible for the overall development and implementation of the Chamber’s government affairs program and serves as the Chamber’s primary contact for legislators, legislative staff members and the Executive Branch. Maisch also serves as Executive Director of the Illinois Chamber Political Action Committee where he is responsible for designing and implementing political and fund-raising strategies. He oversees development of policy positions and advocacy actions by the Chamber’s business issue councils.
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Jonathan Williams

Jonathan Williams is the director of the Tax and Fiscal Policy Task Force for the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), where he works with state legislators and the private sector to develop free-market fiscal policy in the states. Prior to joining ALEC, Jonathan served as staff economist at the Tax Foundation, authoring numerous tax policy studies. His work has been featured in many publications including The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, Forbes and Investor's Business Daily. Williams is a contributor to The Examiner (Washington, D.C.) and writes a syndicated column for the Flint Hills Center for Public Policy in Wichita, Kan., where he also serves as an adjunct fi
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