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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.
Illinois’ pension laws are forcing the city of Harvey to pay its creditors through short-term negotiated agreements just to meet payroll.
Illinois’ fiscal year 2019 spending plan includes reforms to discourage some irresponsible spending by local governments.
With pension debt straining city finances, local politicians have insisted on turning to its declining population for more tax revenue.
Central Falls, Rhode Island, filed for bankruptcy largely because of pension debt. If Illinois municipalities can’t meet or lower their pension obligations, they too could face fiscal collapse.
A bill that would raise the minimum salary for teachers to $40,000 now awaits Gov. Bruce Rauner’s signature.
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.
The excessive severance package comes as a bill curbing golden parachutes sits in the Illinois House of Representatives.
Reductions in state subsidies are one reason for Decatur’s predicament, but long-running pension woes are an even larger source of pain.