While government worker unions have had a stranglehold on the people of Illinois for far too long, the state isn’t without hope. Illinois can follow the lead of other Midwestern states and enact labor reforms.View Report
The politically motivated freeze would not address key cost drivers or protect Illinois homeowners from property tax increases.
Bad actors in Springfield continue to be dealt with behind closed doors.
House Joint Resolution 69 would create a special task force to investigate and report on state and local property tax assessment, appeals processes and other property tax policies.
The Illinois General Assembly passed a budget, including the largest permanent tax hike in state history, without structural spending reforms. Gov. Bruce Rauner vetoed the plan on Independence Day, and the Senate voted to override the governor’s veto. The package now heads to the House for an override vote.
The Illinois Senate on July 4 approved the House’s budget plan, which Gov. Bruce Rauner has said he will veto.
Senate Bill 484 would offer a freeze in name only, as it fails to address the very costs that drive up Illinois homeowners’ property tax bills.
Six days of special session have cost Illinois taxpayers an additional $300,000 for less than 100 minutes of work.
Four days of special session have cost Illinois taxpayers an additional $200,000 for less than 80 minutes of work.
Less than 43 minutes of work over two days has cost Illinois taxpayers $100,000.
Illinois needs to begin an end to its pension crisis by expanding access to a standalone 401(k)-style plan to all government workers; the new proposal by the House GOP does not accomplish this.