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Illinois’ $21 billion in school debt pushes up property taxes

Illinois’ $21 billion in school debt pushes up property taxes

Illinoisans are struggling under the highest property tax burdens in the country. Many of the reasons for those high taxes are known ­– too many local governments, executive pay for local administrators and rising pension costs. What taxpayers don’t know is that local school districts have billions in debt, which drives up property taxes even further....

By Ted Dabrowski, Evelyn Hussey

AFSCME pressuring Cook County Commissioners to raise sales, alcohol, parking, cigarette taxes and more to save county government jobs

AFSCME pressuring Cook County Commissioners to raise sales, alcohol, parking, cigarette taxes and more to save county government jobs

AFSCME officials proposed seven tax increases for Cook County as a way to save union jobs, including an increase in the county sales tax, a new head tax and doubling the amusement tax to 6 percent, despite the county’s local tax burden already being among the highest in the nation.

By Chris Lentino

School district sues Mount Prospect, Ill., over TIF

School district sues Mount Prospect, Ill., over TIF

The case against Mount Prospect, Ill., shows how tax increment financing districts siphon tax money from school districts and other taxing bodies, and diverts needed resources and puts pressure on taxpayers to make up the difference.

By Chris Lentino