Austin Berg

Berg: Madigan’s power runs deeper than the speaker vote

When Mike Madigan first became speaker of the Illinois House of Representatives in 1983, Illinois was among a handful of states that enjoyed a AAA credit rating. In 2013, Illinois was declared the least creditworthy state in the nation. Now the state is just one notch above junk status.


Berg: Holiday shopping and the sales tax Scrooge

The average American will spend around $800 on gifts this Christmas. But making those holiday buys in Illinois will leave many families wishing they could get more bang for their buck.


Berg: Can this selfie land you in an Illinois jail?

Early voting is upon us in Illinois. Mail-in ballots are free to fly.   But don’t dare take a picture of your vote.

Snapping a photo of your filled-in ballot and posting it on Facebook or Instagram is technically a Class 4 felony in Illinois, which comes with a prison sentence of one to three years.


Berg: Manteno case sheds light on absurdity, severity of Illinois’ eavesdropping law

Paul Boron is 13 years old. He’s facing a felony eavesdropping charge that could change the course of the rest of his life.

Boron’s story stands as another chapter of controversy surrounding an eavesdropping law ripe for abuse, and state lawmakers should take action to fix it.


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