Red-light cameras are taking more and more money from Illinois motorists. But dubious safety benefits, a cloud of corruption and a bipartisan bill in Springfield may combine to take them off the streets.View Report
Consolidating downstate and suburban police and fire pension systems is a start, but both fixes and Illinois’ pension problems go much deeper.
Illinois’ overabundance of local government layers provides ample room to consolidate and save property taxes.
While the city, Chicago Public Schools and taxpayers are all at financial risk from Chicago Teachers Union demands, it is ultimately students who will pay the highest price if the union strikes for the third time in seven years.
East St. Louis already faces a $2.2 million state funding diversion for its firefighters pension fund. Now the police pension board is demanding $1.79 million the city owes that fund.
Property tax collections for Chicago Public Schools have grown nearly twice as fast as the typical Chicago household income.
Without true pension reform, Sangamon County homeowners will only continue to see the gap between their property taxes and home values grow.
A new report shows Illinois’ unfunded pension debt liability remained highest in the nation despite the 2017 income tax hike.
The city of Peoria is adding a new fee to residents’ property tax bills to help shore up the city’s public safety pensions.
Bailouts reward bad behavior. Reform rewards residents. Lawmakers should bend toward the latter.
The southwestern Illinois city faces high crime and poverty rates, as well as a $5.5 million budget deficit. Now, $2.2 million owed to its firefighters pension threatens to halt the flow of state funds.