If Illinois adopted Virginia’s spending habits along with policies that can reduce costs and raise home values, the Prairie State could vastly reduce the property tax burden that Illinois homeowners currently face.View Report
Before your school district asks for another penny in property taxes, ask your school board what they’re doing to get their own house in order.
Most of the proceeds from the sale of Alton's sewer system and water treatment plant would go toward combined police and fire pension debt of more than $113 million.
Village officials are trying to control expenses by cutting staff as growing pension costs continue to gobble up local tax dollars.
Sangamon County billed homeowners $215 million in 2017. This meant owners of a $127,000 Springfield home had a $2,600 property tax bill.
Fixing what ails the state requires Illinoisans of all political stripes to be honest about how they got here.
Illinois' spending on administrative costs is among the highest in the nation, sapping scarce dollars from the classroom. But a new bill would slow the growth in these expenses and align them with taxpayers' ability to pay.
The defined-benefit pension system threatens the retirement security of government workers, as well as the pocketbooks of overburdened taxpayers.
Record-breaking borrowing to fund Illinois' even more massive pension debt is no real solution to the state's pension problem.
House Bill 4273 would eliminate a loophole in state law that allows lawmakers to receive a month's pay for a day of work.
Illinoisans shoulder some of the highest property taxes in the country. This burden is key to understanding the state's outmigration problem. Despite the failure of lawmakers to reverse this crisis, there remain a number of sound reforms waiting for consideration.