Will County board approves new $12M gas tax atop doubled state tax

By Vincent Caruso
12/20/2019
Will County became the first county to use new taxing authority under Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s capital plan, adding a new countywide gas tax of 4 cents per gallon atop state and local gas taxes.

TAGS: capital plan, collar counties, drivers, driving, DuPage County, excise tax, gas tax, Illinois, Illinois General Assembly, JB Pritzker, Joliet, Kane County, Lake County, McHenry County, sales tax, Springfield, suburbs, tax hikes, tax increase, Will County

Amid controversy, political township couple banks nearly $100K in pension benefits

By Joe Kaiser
08/17/2018
Voted out of office in 2017 amid allegations of patronage and waste, Algonquin Township’s former highway commissioner has since found work at neighboring townships – while collecting a handsome pension from his former employer.

TAGS: Algonquin Township, Bob Miller, consolidation, IMRF: Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund, local government consolidation, McHenry County, municipal pensions, pensions, property taxes

Nepotistic hires highlight township government waste

By Joe Kaiser
06/18/2018
Two McHenry County highway commissioners hired each other’s sons to township government positions in 2017. Despite concerns of nepotism, these practices are not uncommon in township government.

TAGS: Algonquin Township, Andrew Rosencrans, Bob Miller, consolidation, corruption, David McSweeney, Jim Condon, Leda Drain, local government consolidation, McHenry County, Mike Lesperance, municipal pensions, nepotism, patronage, pensions