If an Illinois worker takes a pay cut during a recession, she knows the state isn’t going to take an even bigger chunk out of her paycheck. That’s because the state income tax rate stays the same. But if her home loses value, too, she could still see her property tax bill go up. Government...View Report
The Illinois Supreme Court refused to hear Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s request to stop state employees from getting paid until a budget is passed.
The Illinois Supreme Court shut down a tax Chicago was imposing on car rentals outside city limits, noting the potentially chaotic nature of the policy.
The Illinois Supreme Court affirmed an earlier decision keeping the legislative mapmaking process in political hands.
Concept of “consideration” allows state workers to negotiate for new benefits and could pave a path toward pension reform.
Illinois Comptroller Leslie Munger announced the state will delay a $560 million pension payment as the state’s government-pension-driven fiscal crisis worsens.
UPDATED JULY 19: It’s almost inevitable that the state will violate either the Fair Labor Standards Act or the Illinois Constitution
In their SB 1 ruling, Illinois Supreme Court justices indicate that paying for pensions is more important than funding core government services.
Does the Illinois Constitution’s pension clause spell disaster for the state?
Missing from the discussion on state revenues is what happened with all the money from Illinois’ last major tax hike.
The plaintiffs in the SB 1 case are asking the court to do something extraordinary: to hold, in effect, that pension benefits should receive stronger protection than any other type of constitutional right.