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Despite Gov. J.B. Pritzker touting growth in “every major region,” Illinois shed jobs in three metropolitan areas and lagged the national average in seven more.
Residents in Illinois’ Metro East area are fleeing a growing property tax burden, fueling regional population loss.
One Illinois county in the greater St. Louis area is losing so many residents it ranks No. 5 nationwide for population loss. Its neighboring county was one of the few in Illinois to grow.
Taxpayers voted overwhelmingly to dissolve Collinsville Area Recreation District – but the debt the district incurred will burden taxpayers for years.
As Illinois struggles to address its people problem, population loss has plagued communities across the Land of Lincoln. But the shrinkage in some areas has been more severe than others.
More than half of local school district administrators earn more than $100,000, and those incomes will get a boost after a recent board decision.
Many school district employees’ earnings are more than double that of the typical Belleville household.
Taxpayers in the city of Alton, which has identical borders to that of Alton Township, could see savings through consolidation.
In a shrinking state, half of Illinois’ largest cities have shed population since 2010.
Residents of St. Clair and Madison Counties will soon see some of the nation’s most punishing property tax bills.