Illinois households that moved out of state earned $19,600 more, on average, than those who moved in during the 2014-2015 tax year.View Report
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.
Consolidating governments in the collar counties could help lower residents’ high property taxes.
Lucrative compensation for government workers stands in stark contrast to the city’s budgetary struggles and a flagging local economy.
Senate Bill 3 marks an important step in the right direction for local government consolidation, but there’s more to be done.
Local spending drivers need to be reformed to truly relieve taxpayers of Illinois’ highest-in-the-nation property taxes.
Compared with Illinois’ pre-recession average, permits for new single-family and multiunit housing are down more than 60 percent.
The village board of Lakewood, Illinois, will decide whether to keep a TIF district approved in 2015 in a vote scheduled for June 13.
While the Better Government Association has claimed Illinois’ budget contains no fat to trim, a deeper analysis reveals the state has many areas of expensive inefficiency to reform in state and local government costs, the Medicaid program and K-12 education.
The Illinois House Labor and Commerce Committee has passed a bill to prohibit municipalities in Illinois from enacting local Right-to-Work measures. The bill now heads to the full House of Representatives for a hearing.
House Bill 607 would allow for the consolidation of a duplicative layer of government, something Illinois taxpayers desperately need.