6 ways Illinois lawmakers can ease the property tax pain

By Vincent Caruso
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.

TAGS: collective bargaining, consolidation, municipal pensions, pensions, prevailing wage, property taxes, school district consolidation, taxes, workers compensation

Fact-checking Madigan: Rauner’s agenda is packed with budgetary items

By Michael Lucci
Though Illinois Democrats insist Gov. Bruce Rauner’s reform agenda has nothing to do with the state’s budget, Rauner’s original proposed spending reforms would allow the state to balance its budget without hitting up taxpayers for more revenue.

TAGS: Bruce Rauner, budget, collective bargaining, consolidation, local government consolidation, Mike Madigan, pensions, prevailing wage, workers compensation