Kankakee County superintendents behaving badly

By Brian Costin, Shawn Tonge
It’s perfectly legal for people working for local government to engage in politics on their own free time, but if they are using taxpayer resources or facilities for political campaigns it can be a criminal act. A Freedom of Information Act investigation conducted by the Illinois Policy Institute has revealed potentially illegal activities being conducted...

TAGS: corruption, cronyism, Stifel Nicolaus & Co.

Meet the company pushing sales-tax hikes across Illinois

By Brian Costin
Fourteen Illinois counties face higher sales taxes if referendums pass at the ballot box this fall. The tax is called the Illinois County School Facility Occupation Tax, or County School Facility Tax (CSFT) for short. The law authorizing the tax, which passed in 2007, allows school boards representing 51 percent of a county’s student population...

TAGS: Missouri, Nicolaus & Co., sales tax, Stifel Nicolaus & Co., taxes