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Small-government think tank yields big bucks for nonprofit's leaders

Feb 08, 2018 - Chicago Sun-Times

Well before John Tillman began running the Illinois Policy Institute a decade ago, the nonprofit think tank was calling for major reforms to state government, especially its finances.

But few in Springfield - or elsewhere in Illinois - paid attention.

The organization steadily expanded its work and influence after the conservative activist took over, while contributions shot up from about $341,000 in 2007 to $6.4 million in 2016 - a nearly 19-fold increase in a decade.

That...