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Report: Metro-East property tax rates nearly double national average

By Joe Kaiser, Illinois Policy Institute | Apr 24, 2018

Both Madison and St. Clair County taxpayers paid a higher effective tax rate than the national average in 2017, a year which also saw continued outmigration from the region.

Progressive tax proposal would mean as much as a $600 tax hike for typical Metro East family

By Joe Kaiser, Illinois Policy Institute | Apr 3, 2018

Though some politicians claim a progressive income tax would only affect the rich, rates established under House Bill 3522 would raise income taxes on middle-class families.

Outmigration fuels Madison, St. Clair County population dips in 2017

By Joe Kaiser, Illinois Policy Institute | Mar 27, 2018

Madison and St. Clair counties both saw their populations decline from July 2016 to July 2017, thanks to outmigration – a problem the counties have been dealing with for years.

Lawmaker proposes statewide 'Zombie Preparedness Month'

By Joe Kaiser, Illinois Policy Institute | Jan 17, 2017

In one of the first proposals of the new General Assembly, state Rep. Chris Welch, D-Westchester, proposed making October 2017 “zombie preparedness month.”

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