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Hoffman Estates passes property tax hike

Hoffman Estates passes property tax hike

Seeing rising pension costs, a decline in state assistance, and a new state tax-collection fee, in 2018 the village plans to raise the property tax levy 4.9 percent and make a 1.2 percent cut to the village’s budgeted revenues, in addition to a 1.7 percent spending cut.

By Brendan Bakala

It’s Illinois’ birthday! Hey, wait … come back

It’s Illinois’ birthday! Hey, wait … come back

Illinois’ exodus of people and money is the state’s most pressing policy problem. Until lawmakers get serious about addressing its causes, there’s little reason to think the trend will change.

By Austin Berg