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
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.
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.
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.