The Illinois Policy Institute is helping to transform Illinois into a beacon of liberty and prosperity.
ment, of showing the way forward onthe necessary policy changes that onceagain will lead to Illinois rising. It mightnot seem like it, but the foundation hasbeen and continues to be laid. On page8 you can read about pension reform inIllinois and the fruit of our efforts. Onpage 14 you can read about what we aredoing to help make Illinois a destinationstate for entrepreneurs. And there is somuch more inside. Please enjoy reading;you will be one of the rst to know thatIllinois’ comeback is under way.Of course, nothing is inevitable with-out hard work and without nancial sup-port. On page 31 you will see materialevidence of the ongoing investment of committed supporters to Illinois’ rise.If you are one of those investors, thank you! If you are thinking of investing,please give me a call today. You can reachme at 312-346-5700, ext. 203 or emailme at
.Sincerely, John TillmanCEOP.S. Thank you for all you have done tosee Illinois once again become a beaconof liberty and prosperity in the Midwest.Now, back to work, we have much moreto do.Other states once were thought hope-less. But the naysayers in Wisconsin,Michigan, Ohio, Indiana and so many others were wrong. Indiana now is aleadership state, setting the bar for freermarkets right here in the Midwest. Wis-consin Gov. Scott Walker’s reforms al-ready are working and improving condi-tions in his state.It took bold citizen leadership tochange the narrative of these states andto identify, recruit and elect better leadersover time. Politicians follow the people’slead. That is why your leadership con-tinues to matter so much. If politiciansthink you are not engaged, they know they have the playing eld to themselves. We cannot leave the playing eld unat-tended, and we are not.I’m reminded of an eternal quote fromthe esteemed Milton Friedman:
“I do not believe that the solutionto our problem is simply to electthe right people. The importantthing is to establish a politicalclimate of opinion which willmake it politically protable forthe wrong people to do the rightthing. Unless it is politically prof-itable for the wrong people to dothe right thing, the right people will not do the right thing either,or if they try, they will shortly beout of ofce.”
2011 Annual Report
you willsee material evidence of civic engage-
“Is there any hope for Illinois?”
his is perhaps the most commonquestion I hear. It’s all fueled by the disheartening news we hear aboutIllinois on a daily basis: the negative na-tional reputation past decisions rightly have earned us, the incompetence of ourpolitical leaders to get results, the seem-ingly intractable nature of our brokenpolitical system and our ongoing eco-nomic decline. These seem to lead to theconclusion that Illinois is hopeless, butit’s not. The Illinois Policy Institute is showing the way forward and is helping to trans-form Illinois into a beacon of liberty andprosperity. We believe that Illinois’ futureis bright. I’m convinced more strongly than ever that Illinois once again will be-come an opportunity destination, and astate that attracts entrepreneurs, workersand investors rather than repelling themas we do today. Illinois once again willbecome a state where people from all walks of life – whether rich or poor, im-migrant or third generation, white, black or brown – seek their own version of the American Dream.How can I believe this? Where is theevidence?It’s in the thousands, perhaps millions,of people working today to change theimpossible to the possible, the possibleto the probable and the probable to theinevitable.
Illinois Policy Institute 2011 Annual Report
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