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Southern Illinois mayor says cities across the state face insolvency from pension debt

The Metro East city of Alton is growing. Businesses are expanding or buying new locations. The local hospital is expanding. Alton has been selected as the site for a new reality show that will invest in small businesses there.

City officials accused of sharing private business tax information with outside auditors

The Illinois Retail Merchants Association said Monday that it had obtained emails showing that municipal officials illegally shared local businesses tax information with an outside company that makes money auditing businesses on behalf of local governments.

Civic Federation: State 'lost' billions in revenue by foregoing taxes on retirement income

A Chicago think tank says Illinois is losing out on billions of dollars in revenue by not taxing retirement income.

Poll: 4 of 5 voters think Illinois on wrong track

A new poll shows Illinoisans are upset with just about all things political.

Transparency group finds pay spiking practices continue to cost taxpayers in Illinois

A new report of Illinois public employee pay by government transparency advocate Open the Books shows 144 local government employees in the state making more than $190,000, out-earning every governor.