Safe Patient Limits Would Help Combat Illinois’ Nursing Shortage

Registered nurses (RNs) contribute immensely to the well-being of society.

A new study, The Illinois Nursing Shortage: Assessing the Need for Safe Patient Limits and Collective Bargainingby the Illinois Economic Policy Institute (ILEPI) and Project for Middle Class Renewal (PMCR) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign presents data on Illinois’ RNs educational attainment, compensation, unionization, and safe patient limits (also called “safe-staffing ratios”).

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ILEPI Testimony on Investing in Water Infrastructure

On Thursday, March 21, the Illinois House Appropriations-Capital Committee held a subject matter hearing on including agricultural, natural resources, and environmental investments in a potential capital bill. Frank Manzo IV, MPP, Policy Director of the Illinois Economic Policy Institute (ILEPI) submitted a written testimony. Here is the testimony. Continue reading “ILEPI Testimony on Investing in Water Infrastructure”

Legalizing Sports Betting Could Generate $100 Million in Tax Revenue in Illinois

new report by the Illinois Economic Policy Institute and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign finds that legalizing and taxing sports betting could create 2,500 jobs and increase state tax revenue by about $100 million annually.

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Report: $15 Minimum Wage in Illinois Would Have Largest Impacts in Communities Outside of Chicago

La Grange:  A $15 minimum wage would increase paychecks for low-income workers and have the largest impacts on communities outside of the Chicago region, according to a new study from the Illinois Economic Policy Institute and Project for Middle Class Renewal at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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