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 Land of Lincoln received the lowest possible grade in budget forecasting and legacy costs.
The gas the Mautino campaign claims to have purchased over 16 years would equate to more than 35,000 miles every year. The circumference of the earth is 24,901 miles.
Negotiations between government-worker unions and governing bodies are conducted behind closed doors, away from public scrutiny. And yet taxpayers are required to pay for whatever extravagant benefits the unions obtain. Recently a bill in the General Assembly would have brought more transparency – and accountability – to the process, but it failed to make it out of committee.
Corruption from several public officials in Metro East underscores the need for more government transparency in the area.
Headlines in June show why Chicago is considered one of the most corrupt cities in the world.
Legislation to make union-contract negotiations more transparent has been repeatedly proposed, but lawmakers continue to opt for secrecy at taxpayers’ expense.
House Bill 5522 would require local governments and school districts in Illinois to maintain websites with links to vital public information such as budgets, expenditures and officials’ names and numbers.
Wheatland Township’s “transparency portal” provides residents access to important government information.
Rolling Meadows provides its residents access to vital government information through the city’s “transparency portal".
By creating a website with easily accessible information about the district’s governance, meeting schedule, employees, budget and other functions, Coal City Community Unit School District 1 scores high marks for government transparency.