Illinois Policy Institute: Baby Steps

Rod…You’re Fired!
He put up a valiant effort, but alas, our embattled ex-governor Rod Blagojevich ultimately couldn’t hack it in Donald Trump’s New York boardroom. In case you’ve missed it, you can watch Blago’s “Celebrity Apprentice” dismissal here—and you can watch Rod’s earlier antics on the show (including getting mistaken for Donny Osmond) here.

In Case You Missed It…
The Institute earned a shout-out in today’s Wall Street Journal editorial, “In Praise of Illinois” (and yes, you read that headline correctly). Click here to read the Journal’s take on Springfield’s recent “baby steps” to pension reform, complete with perspective from our executive vice president Kristina Rasmussen.

Budget Myths and Facts
There’s been a lot of talk about the state’s budget woes lately, but how can we separate myth from fact? You can read up on the most important facts about the budget—and some of the more pervasive myths—here.

There’s Still Time to RSVP!
Is Illinois literally chasing prosperity away? According to the latest numbers, our economic outlook has dropped from 44th in the nation to 47th. Join us as we host Dan Mitchell, the Cato Institute’s most in-demand speaker, for cocktails and conversation next Wednesday evening in Chicago. It’s sure to be an engaging event…for more details and to RSVP, click here.

To the Moon and Beyond
You’re invited to join the Heartland Institute for lunch with former astronaut and U.S. Senator Harrison Schmitt. On December 11, 1972, he landed with Apollo 17, and was the only scientist and the last of 12 living men to step on the moon.

When: Tuesday, April 27, 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Where: Petterino’s 150 North Dearborn Street, Chicago
Cost: $30, includes lunch

The reservation deadline is April 23, so act fast. For more details or to RSVP, click here.

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