While effective property tax rates might be on the decline in some communities, census data show Illinois families are seeing a larger share of their household budgets eaten up by property tax bills.View Report
Illinois’ school district debt and unfair government union bargaining laws contribute to the state’s massive property taxes.
Illinois school districts spent $1 billion on district-level administration in fiscal year 2014 – more than any other state.
Local spending drivers need to be reformed to truly relieve taxpayers of Illinois’ highest-in-the-nation property taxes.
Illinois has by far the most units of government in the nation, at nearly 7,000.
Consolidating Illinois’ 859 school districts will lead to greater efficiency and help stem rising property taxes.
Illinois has 859 local school districts – the fifth-most in the nation.