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Budget Solutions 2019: The responsible budget for Illinois

Budget Solutions 2019: The responsible budget for Illinois

Even after a 32 percent income tax hike, the Illinois General Assembly passed a state budget in 2017 that will generate an estimated $1.5 billion deficit in fiscal year 2018. That deficit is projected to grow to $2.15 billion in fiscal year 2019, according to the Governor’s Office of Management and Budget, or GOMB. The...

By Orphe Divounguy, Bryce Hill, Joe Tabor

Carl and Dewana Perry

Carl and Dewana Perry

“We’re a Navy family. One of the things Navy families do is move frequently. When we bought this place, we intended on staying in it at least until we retired and moved back down south to Mississippi, which was always in the cards. “We worry about the value of course four, five years down the...

Bryan Reehoff

Bryan Reehoff

“I’ve had about 17 years of buying and selling homes. “There’s some good deals here. I’ve looked at some pretty big properties here. But the bigger commercial pieces are cheap because the taxes are high. “We’re actively trying to buy more commercial property, and the realtors say ‘go ahead and pass [the property taxes] on...

Lake Bluff consolidation proposal could save taxpayers $500K

Lake Bluff consolidation proposal could save taxpayers $500K

A joint service agreement between two fire departments could save Lake Bluff more than $500,000 over five years, once fully implemented. The plan would be a welcome change of pace for residents, as Lake County homeowners pay some of the highest property taxes in the nation.

By Brendan Bakala