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Rauner signs spending plan into law

Rauner signs spending plan into law

While it’s the closest the state has come to passing a balanced budget in years, Illinois’ new spending plan leaves a lot to be desired for taxpayers.

By Adam Schuster

Belleville school districts are ripe for consolidation

Belleville school districts are ripe for consolidation

Illinois has more units of local government than any other state in the country, many of which are duplicative and overlapping. In Belleville, where the majority of the city’s school districts cover fewer students than the state average, consolidation efforts could boost efficiency while saving taxpayer dollars.

By Vincent Caruso