Illinois’ debt per student is the 11th highest of any state in the nation. It is almost 15 percent higher than the national average of $8,764.View Report
Illinois universities are blaming the recent budget impasse for their declining enrollment and financial problems. But the problems in higher education started long before the budget fight, and are largely self-inflicted.
With mounting pressure, a vote on the repeal of the soda tax was delayed for another month.
Blaming Illinois state budget cuts, Metra considers raising fares in 2018, despite previous fare schedule.
A We Ask America poll shows 87.5 percent of respondents think Cook County commissioners support the sweetened beverage tax for reasons other than health.
Lucrative compensation for government workers stands in stark contrast to the city’s budgetary struggles and a flagging local economy.
After a tax hike spree from Chicago-area politicians, residents are stuck paying more only to carry an ever-larger load of debt.
While borrowing to help pay down the state’s unpaid bill backlog will save money on interest payments and relieve pressure on those waiting for cash, it also perpetuates Illinois’ spending problem.
The new taxes are planned to pay for road maintenance and improvement as well as general use. As is the case in communities throughout Illinois, pension costs are crowding out other spending in Oswego.
Recent polls show Cook County officials could face electoral backlash for supporting the soda tax.
Illinois’ multilayered state and local gas taxes drive up prices at the pump