Christmas wish list: 12 gifts for Illinois taxpayers in 2019

By Vincent Caruso
12/19/2018
In 2018, Springfield handed Illinoisans more of the same repackaged policy failures. Lawmakers in the coming year should tape to their desks this wish list of taxpayer-friendly reforms.

TAGS: balanced budget requirement, criminal justice reform, education, graduated income tax, income tax, pensions, prison reform, progressive income tax, property taxes, school choice, school district consolidation, sentencing reform, spending cap, U.S. Census Bureau

East Moline taxpayers could find savings through school district consolidation

By Vincent Caruso
07/09/2018
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
06/01/2018
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