Wave of local tax and fee increases sweeping Illinois

By Brendan Bakala
Cities and villages across the state are raising taxes or implementing new ones for a variety of functions, from attracting a fast-food restaurant to catching up on rising pension costs.

TAGS: Bloomington, consolidation, fees, local government, local government consolidation, municipal pensions, naperville, New Lenox, Oswego, pensions, peoria, property taxes, sales tax, taxes, TIF: Tax Increment Financing, Wheaton

Fact-checking Madigan: Rauner’s agenda is packed with budgetary items

By Michael Lucci
Though Illinois Democrats insist Gov. Bruce Rauner’s reform agenda has nothing to do with the state’s budget, Rauner’s original proposed spending reforms would allow the state to balance its budget without hitting up taxpayers for more revenue.

TAGS: Bruce Rauner, budget, collective bargaining, consolidation, local government consolidation, Mike Madigan, pensions, prevailing wage, workers compensation

Illinois House passes bill to allow residents to dissolve townships

By Brendan Bakala
On March 29, the Illinois House of Representatives voted almost unanimously in favor of allowing voters to decide on local government consolidation – a crucial component of shrinking local government spending, which drives up property taxes. State Rep. Tom Demmer, R-Dixon, sponsored House Bill 496, which received bipartisan support – more than a dozen representatives...

TAGS: HB 496, local government consolidation, townships