A detailed review of teachers union spending, 2013-2018View Report
The Open Illinois Checkbook Act would shed light on Illinois state finances. It is now en route to the Illinois Senate.
The Citizens Empowerment Act would let taxpayers cut local government at the ballot box. Illinois lawmakers from both parties are backing it.
A proposal in the Illinois House would stop local government leaders from using public resources to fight efforts to consolidate any government unit.
Former Gov. Bruce Rauner vetoed the bill before leaving office, but bipartisan support in the General Assembly may send it back to the governor’s desk.
Red-light cameras generated lots of traffic ticket revenue for local government without proof they made roads safer. One Illinois House bill would ban them from certain municipalities, but another would ban them statewide.
The bill would make it easier for McHenry County residents to dissolve the county’s 17 townships at the ballot box – and find tax relief through cost savings.
The bill would make it easier for McHenry County residents to dissolve the county’s 17 townships at the ballot box – and find relief through tax savings.
Two McHenry County highway commissioners hired each other’s sons to township government positions in 2017. Despite concerns of nepotism, these practices are not uncommon in township government.
State Rep. Jerry Costello, D-Smithton, has joined the fight against a progressive tax hike in Illinois.
The appearance of patronage hires in some McHenry County townships highlights consolidation efforts at the state and local level.