Inaccuracy and unfairness in the property tax assessment process mean some homeowners, especially those in poorer areas, pay a disproportionate share of the overall tax burden.View Report
The state also saw a drop in the unemployment rate over the month, fueled by employment gains and labor force decline.
Lawmakers should voluntarily adopt a spending cap to give taxpayers the certainty they deserve.
A new report would have Illinoisans believe that a progressive income tax means tax cuts and economic growth. Illinois lawmakers’ tax-and-spend tendencies and evidence from all 50 states say otherwise.
A constitutional amendment to impose fiscal discipline on state lawmakers is gaining bipartisan support.
History shows lawmakers prefer to avoid tough but necessary choices.
Instead of pushing for further tax hikes on tapped-out taxpayers, lawmakers should rally behind a bipartisan effort to limit state spending.
Madison and St. Clair counties both saw their populations decline from July 2016 to July 2017, thanks to outmigration – a problem the counties have been dealing with for years.
In Illinois, hundreds of municipal workers earn more than every state governor. The city manager of Lake Forest is the second-highest paid city manager in the state.
An investigation in December 2017 found that a convention for municipalities and public agencies ran taxpayers nearly $120,000 in exhibition and hospitality costs. A proposal making its way through the General Assembly would bar state funds from contributing to these excesses.
Misplaced priorities in Illinois' education system may be the reason students are less prepared for college than peers in other states.