Illinois Policy Institute

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Illinois Policy Institute - Right BiasRIGHT BIAS

These media sources are moderately to strongly biased toward conservative causes through story selection and/or political affiliation. They may utilize strong loaded words (wording that attempts to influence an audience by using appeal to emotion or stereotypes), publish misleading reports and omit reporting of information that may damage conservative causes. Some sources in this category may be untrustworthy. See all Right Bias sources.

Factual Reporting: HIGH


Founded in 2002, the Illinois Policy Institute is a nonprofit think tank. They describe themselves on their about page as: “an independent organization generating public policy solutions aimed at promoting personal freedom and prosperity in Illinois.” The Institute’s founder is Springfield native Greg Blankenship, who left the group in 2009. The Institute’s CEO and president is John Tillman and according to Rachel Wells from the Illinois Times, Tillman states their mission as “to advance free-market principles and policies so we look for data that supports that.” Tillman also attends Tea Party rallies promoting revolution. Illinois Policy Institute covers topics such as economics, education, politics and more.

Funded by / Ownership

The Illinois Policy Institute is a 501(c)(3) public charity with an associated lobbying unit called the Illinois Policy Action, a 501(c)(4). The Institute also has an affiliated public-interest law firm named the Liberty Justice Center. According to Sourcewatch, the Illinois Policy Institute receives funding from several donors connected to Koch Industries and those who promote fossil fuels.

In review, they typically use credible sources in their reporting, such as the Illinois General Assembly, Chicago Tribune, and Forbes. However, they are right biased through the political causes they support. For example, they are opposed to Obamacare and support to repeal it and through their position on public education. They also use emotional headlines such as “HUNDREDS ON MEDICAID WAITING LIST IN ILLINOIS DIE WHILE WAITING FOR CARE.”

A factual search reveals the Illinois Policy Institute has not failed a check by IFCN fact checkers.

Overall, we rate Illinois Policy Institute as right biased due to story selection and political affiliation and high for factual reporting based on proper sourcing. (M. Huitsing 9/27/2017) Updated (7/25/2018)


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