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High Illinois gas taxes drive residents across state line

High Illinois gas taxes drive residents across state line

For Illinois border resident Brett Retherford and his neighbiors, high Illinois fuel taxes drive them to buy their gasoline in Iowa. Illinois politicians’ heavy demands lose them hoped-for taxes when drivers have a choice.

By Ann Miller

Pritzker fact check: Illinois population isn’t ‘booming’

Pritzker fact check: Illinois population isn’t ‘booming’

A Census survey intended to estimate the accuracy of the 2020 Census is being used to project an Illinois population increase. While there may be more Illinoisans than originally thought, that does not mean they aren’t leaving at an accelerating pace.

By Dylan Sharkey

Ep. 38: The hidden tax: Why inflation is (still) soaring

Ep. 38: The hidden tax: Why inflation is (still) soaring

Inflation is hitting record highs across the nation and higher prices are affecting everyone, everywhere in the country. In Illinois, we face unique challenges, such as multiple layers of taxation that already makes gas costlier than neighboring states. The result of a more expensive cost of living is that many Illinoisans have essentially experienced a...

Brent Retherford

Brent Retherford

"This state is so wasteful and broken, and it just feels like politicians don’t care about us.”

How Amendment 1 could give Illinois more arsonists as fire chiefs

How Amendment 1 could give Illinois more arsonists as fire chiefs

An admitted arsonist was able to become a fire chief and part-time police officer thanks to Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s pardon. A proposed constitutional amendment could make it easier for violent felons to work in public safety – even without a pardon.

By Perry Zhao