Illinois is the second-most corrupt state in the nation, according to the University of Illinois-Chicago. And corruption costs the state economy at least $550 million per year. But the size and scope of government corruption is nothing new for Illinoisans. What is new? Powerful Illinois lawmakers, Chicago aldermen, local mayors and business interests are involved...View Report
Chicago Public Library is now the largest public library system in the nation to stop penalizing residents for overdue library books.
The city of Peoria is adding a new fee to residents’ property tax bills to help shore up the city’s public safety pensions.
Illinoisans will be paying among the nation’s highest vehicle registration fees as part of a $45 billion infrastructure proposal pushed by Gov. J.B. Pritzker and the General Assembly.
The proposed $100.8 million budget will spend millions on police and fire pensions as well as a 3 percent pay raise for city workers.
Some businesses would see license fees double, among other fee hikes meant to shore up city finances.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s budget proposal includes jacked-up costs for business licenses and stricter noncompliance penalties.
The increase comes after last year’s hike, which cost yearlong commuters an extra $141 annually for their monthly passes. Metra officials have not ruled out further fare hikes or service cuts.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel looks to increase costs for Chicagoans to fill budget shortfalls and failing pensions.
Cities and villages across the state are raising taxes or implementing new ones for a variety of functions, from attracting a fast-food restaurant to catching up on rising pension costs.
As Chicago faces a budget gap approaching $260 million, one alderman suggests more ticketing to close the shortfall.