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Days after Jersey County voters reject tax hike, school board tries again

Brian Costin Nov. 25, 2014, 6:49am


Four municipalities earn sunshine award; Multiple municipalities fail government transparency audit

Brian Costin Nov. 19, 2014, 5:19pm


Term limits initiative submits 590,000 signatures, one step closer to ballot

Brian Costin May 1, 2014, 3:33pm


Only 28% of Illinois residents trust state government, lowest in the nation

Brian Costin Apr. 18, 2014, 8:00am


Illinois ranks first in number of local taxing bodies

Brian Costin Mar. 4, 2014, 10:14am


Illinois paid out $266M in improper unemployment insurance payments

Brian Costin Jan. 15, 2014, 10:02am


Too much government: Illinois' thousands of local governments

Brian Costin Nov. 27, 2013, 7:13am

CostinTHE PROBLEMIllinoisans suffer from the second-highest property tax rates in the nation.Their state is the third most corrupt in the nation.And driving this expensive and corrupt reality on the local level is the fact that Illinois has more units of local government than any other state in the nation. With 6,963 units of local government, Illinois beats its nearest competitor by more than 1,80

Obstructed views: Illinois' 102 county online transparency audit

Brian Costin Jul. 24, 2013, 7:41am