Did your state representative take Madigan money?

By Chris Lentino, Austin Berg
Campaign finance records reveal more than 60 sitting state representatives have received nearly $15 million from the state’s most powerful politician over the course of their careers. In turn, they often give him one of the most important votes he needs to maintain power: the vote for speaker of the House.

TAGS: Carol Sente, Deb Conroy, Fred Crespo, Kathleen Willis, Katie Stuart, Marty Moylan, Michelle Mussman, Mike Madigan, Sam Yingling, Stephanie Kifowit, Sue Scherer

St. Clair, Madison counties home to multimillion-dollar property tax slush funds

By Chris Lentino
Property taxes are set to increase in Madison and St. Clair counties, and local taxpayers should know that through TIF districts, politicians divert tax dollars that could go toward schools, libraries and public services to separate accounts that foster a lack of transparency and accountability.

TAGS: Dan Beiser, Jay Hoffman, Katie Stuart, Madison County, property taxes, St. Clair County

Luxembourg’s ambassador sends letter to Illinois House leaders

By Brendan Bakala
Luxembourg’s ambassador to the United States has voiced objections to an Illinois House bill that would label Luxembourg a tax haven and subject corporations expatriated there to restrictions on investments and business dealings with the state of Illinois.

TAGS: Bruce Rauner, budget, Christian Mitchell, grand bargain, Illinois House of Representatives, Illinois Investment Policy Board, Jim Durkin, John D’Amico, Katie Stuart, Lawrence Walsh Jr., Martin Moylan, Mike Madigan, Sam Yingling, Silvana Tabares, Stephanie Kifowit, Sue Scherer