Dan McCaleb

Dan McCaleb

Dan McCaleb | Proposals intended to sweeten progressive-tax plan are a ruse

If you didn't think Democrats in Springfield were serious before about adopting a progressive tax system, they proved this week they'll do almost anything to help Gov. J.B. Pritzker pass his signature campaign promise.

Even if that means reversing themselves on years of bad policy positions.

Dan McCaleb | Pay close attention as lawmakers return to Springfield

I hope Illinois taxpayers have been able to enjoy the past couple of weeks of relative inaction in Springfield.

Starting next week, it's going to be a sprint to see how much more of your money lawmakers decide to take to pay for their out-of-control spending on an out-of-control state government.

Be prepared.

Dan McCaleb | Illinois man at heart of Supreme Court case continues fight

In the 10 months since the U.S. Supreme Court restored workers' rights and affirmed the tenets of the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, more than 210,000 public employees across the country no longer are being forced to pay fees to unions they don't support.

They can thank Illinois' Mark Janus and others like him for their newfound freedom.

Dan McCaleb | A moment of clarity amid all the tax-hike chatter

Gov. J.B. Pritzker and the Illinois General Assembly are so hellbent on taking more of Illinoisans' hard-earned money, it is refreshing when someone pauses and offers a moment of clarity.

"The taxpayers deserve a seat at the table when it comes to negotiating tax increases," state Sen. Dan McConchie, R-Hawthorn Woods, said Tuesday at the state capitol.

Dan McCaleb | Illinois facing jobs crisis with latest policy initiatives

With no warning, an Illinois community learned this week it is losing almost 1,400 jobs.

Is the decision by Fiat Chrysler to lay off 1,371 workers at its plant in Belvidere in north central Illinois the result of hurtful policy positions by freshman Gov. J.B. Pritzker and Democratic supermajorities in the General Assembly?

Dan McCaleb | Spin machine on full throttle in tax debate

Should those who make more money pay a higher percentage of their wages in state income taxes than others who make less? I have a strong opinion about this topic but concede it's a fair question and one we should engage around honest debate.

"Honest" being the key word in that last sentence. So far, the discussion has been anything but.

Dan McCaleb | Limited school choices hurt Illinoisans

Imagine a life without choices.

One in which there's just a single option available to you for most everything.

Lunchtime? Enjoy your peanut butter and jelly sandwich, or go hungry.

Need a car? Take this Mitsubishi Mirage and like it.

Baseball in July in Chicago? Well, at least the White Sox are playing.

Doesn't sound like much of a free society, does it?

Dan McCaleb | Illinois State Capitol remains an unsafe workplace

The best journalists are the ones who ask tough but fair questions. Ethically challenged politicians don't like those journalists and often try to silence them because they don't like the questions being asked.

Dan McCaleb | Rauner has little to show for in his term in office

Writing the obituary on Gov. Bruce Rauner's one term in office shouldn't be difficult. He promised a lot, accomplished little and was thoroughly rejected when he asked voters for a second chance.

During the past four years, our already-too-high taxes went up — considerably. And so did spending, despite his campaign promise to reduce both.

Dan McCaleb | Two wrongs don't make a right in 'Fight for $15' debate

The "Fight for $15" an hour is back in Illinois, although it's not likely to be much of a fight, and this time, there's a bit of a twist.

Democratic Gov.-elect J.B. Pritzker is telling anyone who will listen that he wants to gradually raise the state's minimum wage to $15 an hour starting in the first six months of his term that begins in January.