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
State Sen. Dan McConchie, R-Hawthorne Woods, filed legislation March 23 that would give the Illinois Comptroller’s office discretion to delay payments to lawmakers if insufficient funding exists to do so. This came just hours after a Cook County judge said lawmakers must be paid.
Attempts to cut off state worker pay need not end in a tax hike.
Illinois governors don’t just pass on debt to their successors – they also leave behind a backlog of petitions for clemency.
Gov. Bruce Rauner has laid off dozens of workers at a state agency, all political hires under previous governors.
When it comes to touting oneself as a defender of the middle class, actions speak louder than words.
Illinois lawmakers earn base salaries of nearly $68,000 for what is essentially part-time work.
For years, Illinois lawmakers have prioritized government-worker pay and benefits over social services. Between 2000 and 2015, contributions to Illinois state-worker pension funds shot up 586 percent, while state payments for human services increased by only 10 percent.
Downtown appeal and state-issued tax credits mask a discouraging jobs climate statewide.
Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan admitted that he rigged a minimum-wage ballot question to boost former Gov. Pat Quinn’s re-election chances.
For years Illinois politicians have used borrowing and budgeting gimmicks to give the false appearance of balanced budget.