The share of Alton’s annual property tax levy going to pension payments has more than doubled over the past decade.
Vincent Caruso, Illinois Policy Institute News
A referendum asking voters whether to dissolve Godfrey Township will appear on ballots Nov. 6.
Alton voters will face two referendums that could eliminate government layers at both the township and county levels.
Amid two record-breaking income tax hikes, growing property tax bills and population decline, the Land of Lincoln’s income growth is trailing the rest of the nation.
Property taxpayers in St. Clair County have seen home values swamped by property taxes over the past 20 years.
The method by which local governments calculate Illinoisans’ property tax bills is broken. Here’s how Springfield can fix it.
Illinois industry shoulders the burden of the highest workers’ compensation costs in the region. But what many Illinoisans paying some of the nation’s highest property taxes may not realize is that they’re picking up the tab for those costs, too.
Alton residents are paying for two overlapping units of government – the city of Alton and Alton Township. But voters will soon have the chance to slash costs by dissolving the city’s redundant township.
Severely underwater public safety pensions have already derailed the finances of other municipalities, such as Harvey and North Chicago.
As Illinois struggles to address its people problem, population loss has plagued communities across the Land of Lincoln. But the shrinkage in some areas has been more severe than others.
Illinois has more units of local government than any other state in the country, many of which are duplicative and overlapping. In Belleville, where the majority of the city’s school districts cover fewer students than the state average, consolidation efforts could boost efficiency while saving taxpayer dollars.
Two township administrators took state grant funds intended for a summer youth program to cover up for illegal credit card purchases.
A recent study confirms what too many Illinoisans have discovered firsthand: that they’re among the most overburdened taxpayers in the country.
The illicit practice of gambling on sports in Illinois is enormously popular – and that might help spur change.
Advocates for a progressive income tax claim to offer relief for middle-class families. But that doesn’t jive with real proposals in Springfield or lawmakers’ spending habits.
Every relationship comes with some sacrifices. But for an alarming number of Illinoisans, they're opting instead to sacrifice their state IDs.
Policy failures have resulted in a steady stream of income flowing to neighboring states.
Illinois’ failure to keep and attract residents is driving the Land of Lincoln’s population decline.
Despite objections from faculty, one university chancellor is pressing for a campus restructuring that includes curbing the tuition-heightening costs of administrative bloat.