Inaccuracy and unfairness in the property tax assessment process mean some homeowners, especially those in poorer areas, pay a disproportionate share of the overall tax burden.View Report
Springfield is struggling to juggle its priorities, with state lawmakers pressing up against time to pass a budget for the coming fiscal year.
The state also saw a drop in the unemployment rate over the month, fueled by employment gains and labor force decline.
Agreeing on how much money one has to spend is a basic first step of budgeting.
Lawmakers should voluntarily adopt a spending cap to give taxpayers the certainty they deserve.
A constitutional amendment to impose fiscal discipline on state lawmakers is gaining bipartisan support.
History shows lawmakers prefer to avoid tough but necessary choices.
Poor accounting practices prevent true financial transparency in Illinois state government.
A proposal to tie state spending to what taxpayers can afford is earning bipartisan support in Springfield.
Mandating more reasonable spending growth is the first step in a journey back to solvency for Illinois. The cap provides certainty today for a more responsible state government tomorrow.
The Taxpayer Fiscal Charter Act would demand funding transparency before spending bills make their way out of Springfield.