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Nearly 80 percent of Alton property tax levy consumed by pensions

By Vincent Caruso, Illinois Policy Institute | Nov 6, 2018

The share of Alton’s annual property tax levy going to pension payments has more than doubled over the past decade.

Godfrey voters to choose whether to dissolve township on their November ballots

By Vincent Caruso, Illinois Policy Institute | Oct 30, 2018

A referendum asking voters whether to dissolve Godfrey Township will appear on ballots Nov. 6.

Township consolidation referendum to appear on Alton ballots

By Vincent Caruso, Illinois Policy Institute | Oct 30, 2018

Alton voters will face two referendums that could eliminate government layers at both the township and county levels.

Illinois’ income growth second-worst in the nation

By Vincent Caruso, Illinois Policy Institute | Sep 19, 2018

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.

St. Clair County property taxes nearly doubled over last 20 years

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

Property taxpayers in St. Clair County have seen home values swamped by property taxes over the past 20 years.

3 ways Illinois can improve its property tax assessment system

By Vincent Caruso, Illinois Policy Institute | Aug 1, 2018

The method by which local governments calculate Illinoisans’ property tax bills is broken. Here’s how Springfield can fix it.

Belleville residents picking up huge tab for work comp payouts

By Vincent Caruso, Illinois Policy Institute | Jul 30, 2018

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 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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