New taxes and fees on Illinois driving, vehicles total $1.9B

By Ben Szalinski
12/05/2019
Jan. 1 marks a second wave of taxes aimed at drivers to support an infrastructure package championed by Gov. J.B. Pritzker and shrouded in corruption allegations.

TAGS: capital plan, drivers, driving, gas tax, Illinois, Illinois General Assembly, infrastructure, JB Pritzker, Luis Arroyo, Martin Sandoval, motor fuel tax, parking garages, parking tax, progressive income tax, public works, Rebuild Illinois, Springfield, trade-in tax, vehicle registration

Sandoval resigns Senate seat amid federal corruption probe, effective Jan. 1

By Vincent Caruso
11/27/2019
The once-powerful state officeholder previously resigned as chairman of the influential Illinois Senate Transportation Committee in October.

TAGS: FBI, gas tax, Illinois, Illinois General Assembly, Illinois Senate, JB Pritzker, John Cullerton, Martin Sandoval, McCook, Mike Madigan, red light cameras, SafeSpeed, Senate Transportation Committee, Springfield, Summit, Tom Cullerton, transportation

More Illinoisans on food stamps this Thanksgiving, 50K recipients will soon need jobs

By Ben Szalinski
11/26/2019
This Thanksgiving, about 17,500 more Illinoisans will be using food stamps. By New Year’s, about 50,000 Cook County recipients must find jobs or lose benefits.

TAGS: able-bodied, constitutional amendment, Cook County, Donald Trump, DuPage County, fast food, food banks, food stamps, Illinois, JB Pritzker, link card, midwest, pension reform, progressive income tax, recovery, SNAP, social services, Thanksgiving

Illinois is No. 3 for most state regulations, report finds

By Ben Szalinski
11/21/2019
A new report confirms what many Illinoisans already knew: the state is one of the most heavily regulated in America, with nearly 260,000 state rules.

TAGS: ban, California, Illinois, Illinois General Assembly, Illinois Senate, JB Pritzker, lawmakers, laws, Mercatus Center, over-regulation, prohibition, regulations, Regulatory Sunrise Review Act, report, restrictions, Senate, South Dakota, state government, study, taxes