If an Illinois worker takes a pay cut during a recession, she knows the state isn’t going to take an even bigger chunk out of her paycheck. That’s because the state income tax rate stays the same. But if her home loses value, too, she could still see her property tax bill go up. Government...View Report
Following years of work by consolidation advocates, the McHenry Township board of trustees passed a motion allowing voters to decide whether to dissolve their local road district in November.
Local barber Bob Anderson has endured two attempts at intimidation since being elected to the McHenry Township Board on a platform of consolidation.
High-priced government workers cost taxpayers in Illinois $10 billion a year, with municipal managers in areas surrounding Chicago reaping the most benefits.
Cook County’s population has dropped by 2,030 since 2011, driven by the out-migration of over 230,000 residents, on net.
Residents of Chicago’s collar counties pay the highest property taxes in the state – and some of the highest in the country.
In a bipartisan effort to cut McHenry County’s local tax burden, the McHenry County Board voted overwhelmingly in favor of a pledge to cut the county tax levy by 10 percent. The board chairman has intimated he will pursue further local government consolidation efforts.
Local officials’ failure to address skyrocketing property taxes has pushed residents out of McHenry County at astonishing rates.
Local governments must pare their budgets, forcing them to identify best practices they should have found already.