East Moline taxpayers could find savings through school district consolidation

By Vincent Caruso
While Quad Cities geography connects East Moline and the Iowa cities of Davenport and Bettendorf, Illinois’ abundance of school districts means their administrative environments are worlds apart. By consolidating duplicative administrative bodies, East Moline could generate taxpayer savings.

TAGS: East Moline, education, outmigration, pensions, quad cities, school district consolidation

Belleville school districts are ripe for consolidation

By Vincent Caruso
Illinois has more units of local government than any other state in the country, many of which are duplicative and overlapping. In Belleville, where the majority of the city’s school districts cover fewer students than the state average, consolidation efforts could boost efficiency while saving taxpayer dollars.

TAGS: Belleville, Belleville School District 118, Belleville Township School District 201, consolidation, salaries, school district consolidation, St. Clair County, teacher salaries

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