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McCarter: SB1 is boon to elites and crumbs for downstate schools; Progressive tax system is real motivation

Ann Maher Aug. 10, 2017, 12:29pm

The real motivation behind "evidence-based" funding of schools as proposed in Senate Bill 1 is to achieve a progressive income tax system in Illinois, according to State Sen. Kyle McCarter (R-Lebanon).

Illinois' $21 billion in school debt pushes up property taxes

Ted Dabrowski and John Klingner, Illinois Policy Institute Jul. 11, 2017, 8:55am

School districts’ have borrowed over $21 billion, increasing the burden on Illinois taxpayers.

Unclaimed property bill affecting life insurance policies back to '96 passes; Not without criticism

Ann Maher May 30, 2017, 4:42pm

A law requiring insurance companies to locate beneficiaries of unclaimed life insurance policies as far back as 1996 has passed the Illinois General Assembly.

Metro East schools to get total of $14.4M less per year under state school funding proposal; Rauner vows to veto bill

LGIS Newsfeed May 23, 2017, 7:21am

Metro East area schools would be net losers of state funding under a bill that passed the Illinois State Senate Wednesday.

Sen. Kyle McCarter deserves U.S. ambassador appointment

The Madison County Record May 16, 2017, 2:55pm

If everything works out the way he hopes, Republican State Sen. Kyle McCarter of Lebanon may be leaving the legislature and beginning a dramatic new phase in his life. He's been recommended to President Donald Trump as the ideal candidate to serve as U.S. Ambassador to Kenya.

Local activists honored by ‘Open the Books’ founder for taking a stand

Amanda Robert May 5, 2017, 8:02am

The Edgar County Watchdogs – a “group of concerned citizens” that digs for and posts news of public corruption from 21 counties on its website – recently joined more than a dozen other citizens and groups who were honored for holding local government accountable.

Springfield week in review: Crisis builds with no budget

State Sen. Kyle McCarter Mar. 7, 2017, 5:48pm

Disappointing. Frustrating. Intolerable. These are just a few words that come to mind when characterizing the Senate’s week (Feb. 27-March 3) of little action, especially when it comes to our number one job: the state budget. However, I still have hope that common sense and courage will win in the end, and we will get a budget that will allow Illinois to move forward economically.

Poll shows voters want balanced budget through spending cuts, not tax increases

Ann Maher Mar. 7, 2017, 9:27am

A new poll shows that more than half of Illinoisans say state government spends too much money, and should close its budget deficit by only cutting spending – not raising taxes.

McCarter lashes out at Senate leaders for wasting legislators' time and taxpayers' money

Ann Maher Jan. 26, 2017, 4:46pm

State Sen. Kyle McCarter, who has pledged not to vote for increasing state income taxes, said he hopes lawmakers will spend the next two weeks figuring out how to make government smaller - not figuring out more creative ways to take taxpayers' money.

McCarter headed to Washington for Trump inauguration

Ann Maher Jan. 17, 2017, 1:40pm

State Sen. Kyle McCarter (R-Lebanon) is not too concerned about planned protests that are intended to disrupt the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump on Friday.