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
The court’s ruling strengthens Illinois’ Freedom of Information Act, a crucial tool in holding government officials accountable.
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.