With one proposal to pay off Illinois’ pension debt asking the typical homeowner to pay more than $1,900 in additional property taxes for the next 30 years, the stakes for pension reform have never been clearer.View Report
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.
A bill that would give McHenry County voters a more powerful voice in township consolidation is one step closer to becoming law.
A House bill that would allow for the dissolution of township governments in McHenry County has passed committee and is set to receive a vote.
An investigation in December 2017 found that a convention for municipalities and public agencies ran taxpayers nearly $120,000 in exhibition and hospitality costs. A proposal making its way through the General Assembly would bar state funds from contributing to these excesses.
A new resolution would put lawmakers on the record for supporting or opposing a tax structure that would likely lead to massive tax hikes on Illinois' middle class.
State Rep. David McSweeney, R-Barrington Hills, is working on the framework for a bill that would dramatically improve taxpayers’ ability to eliminate township governments, of which Illinois has about 1,400.
The Illinois House on July 2 passed Senate Bill 9, which includes a 32 percent income tax hike. State Rep. David McSweeney filed a bill that would repeal that permanent tax hike should it become law.
The state’s bill backlog is expected to hit $22.7 billion and pension costs are predicted to grow 14 percent by fiscal year 2018.
Illinois currently has the highest start-up fees in the country, further burdening the already-unfriendly business climate in the state.