With one proposal to pay off Illinois’ pension debt asking the typical homeowner to pay more than $1,900 in additional property taxes for the next 30 years, the stakes for pension reform have never been clearer.View Report
Chicago has some of the highest taxes on travelers in the nation.
Costs for Metra's administrative workers, including managers, lawyers, accountants and IT specialists went up 54 percent over the last five years.
Illinoisans already pay some of the highest taxes in the nation, including high taxes at the pump.
Distracted driving citations dropped by 99 percent after a 2015 Chicago ordinance was passed to comply with state law.
Though U.S. gas prices have dropped to near all-time lows, Illinois’ state and local taxes make gas costlier in the Land of Lincoln than in neighboring states.
Metra officials say they’ve reduced the cost of the lobbyist firms’ contracts by bringing down monthly retainer costs by 15 percent.
Contracting and fuel industry experts sounded off on a recent idea to raise Illinois’ fuel tax.
Despite the massive size and scope of the project to widen the Tri-State, the Illinois Tollway board suggests new tolls and taxes won’t be needed – but history shows that promises related to tolls in Illinois haven’t held up in the past.
Metra’s plans to raise fares go into effect February, hurting commuters and failing to raise enough for stated capital needs.
Illinois Tollway fees were pitched to taxpayers as temporary, but have become a permanent cost for drivers.