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Alton voters will choose whether to eliminate township in November

By Vincent Caruso, Illinois Policy Institute | Jul 17, 2018

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.

East Alton eyes $35K in savings, but pension woes loom much larger

By Vincent Caruso, Illinois Policy Institute | Jul 10, 2018

Severely underwater public safety pensions have already derailed the finances of other municipalities, such as Harvey and North Chicago.

Belleville has seen sharpest population decline among top Illinois cities since 2010

By Vincent Caruso, Illinois Policy Institute | Jun 13, 2018

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.

Belleville school districts are ripe for consolidation

By Vincent Caruso, Illinois Policy Institute | Jun 7, 2018

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.

Former East St. Louis township officials diverted nearly $1M in youth program funds

By Vincent Caruso, Illinois Policy Institute | Apr 3, 2018

Two township administrators took state grant funds intended for a summer youth program to cover up for illegal credit card purchases.

Study: Illinois home to highest overall tax burden in the nation

By Vincent Caruso, Illinois Policy Institute | Mar 21, 2018

A recent study confirms what too many Illinoisans have discovered firsthand: that they’re among the most overburdened taxpayers in the country.

Your office March Madness pool is illegal, but these bills could change that

By Vincent Caruso, Illinois Policy Institute | Mar 21, 2018

The illicit practice of gambling on sports in Illinois is enormously popular – and that might help spur change.

Progressive tax proponents display magical thinking

By Vincent Caruso, Illinois Policy Institute | Mar 21, 2018

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.

Kiss-off: Too many Illinoisans breaking up with the state

By Vincent Caruso, Illinois Policy Institute | Feb 14, 2018

Every relationship comes with some sacrifices. But for an alarming number of Illinoisans, they're opting instead to sacrifice their state IDs.

IRS: Illinois saw net loss of 101,000 people to neighboring states since 2010

By Vincent Caruso, Illinois Policy Institute | Jan 17, 2018

Illinois’ failure to keep and attract residents is driving the Land of Lincoln’s population decline.

Southern Illinois University chancellor urges administrative spending cuts

By Vincent Caruso, Illinois Policy Institute | Nov 27, 2017

Despite objections from faculty, one university chancellor is pressing for a campus restructuring that includes curbing the tuition-heightening costs of administrative bloat.

Illinois flunks new nationwide fiscal report card

By Vincent Caruso, Illinois Policy Institute | Nov 17, 2017

The Land of Lincoln received the lowest possible grade in budget forecasting and legacy costs.

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