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Pritzker budget lifts cap on pension spiking

By Vincent Caruso, Illinois Policy Institute | Jun 14, 2019

A provision included in Illinois’ previous budget aimed to protect state taxpayers from end-of-career salary spiking in local school districts. The budget proposal en route to Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s desk would repeal that protection.

Pritzker approves $1,600 pay raises for state lawmakers

By Vincent Caruso, Illinois Policy Institute | Jun 12, 2019

Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed into law a budget that includes pay raises for state lawmakers, as Illinoisans brace for a number of new tax hikes.

Gas tax and vehicle fee hikes erase Pritzker's promise of progressive income tax relief

By Vincent Caruso, Illinois Policy Institute | Jun 11, 2019

The numerous tax and fee hikes in Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s capital spending more than offset the promised savings of the governor’s “fair tax” plan.

Illinois state lawmakers pass $1,600 pay raise for themselves

By Vincent Caruso, Illinois Policy Institute | Jun 6, 2019

The Illinois General Assembly sent $85 billion in proposed spending to Gov J.B. Pritzker’s desk in a matter of days. That package included tax hikes on ordinary Illinoisans and pay raises for all state lawmakers.

Illinois House votes to put Pritzker’s progressive income tax amendment on 2020 ballot

By Vincent Caruso, Illinois Policy Institute | May 28, 2019

An amendment that would allow lawmakers to scrap Illinois’ constitutionally protected flat income tax and replace it with graduated tax rates will appear as a referendum question on voters’ 2020 ballots.

House committee approves Pritzker progressive tax amendment

By Vincent Caruso, Illinois Policy Institute | May 21, 2019

The Illinois House Revenue & Finance Committee approved a proposed constitutional amendment that would scrap taxpayers’ sole protection against endless income tax hikes.

‘Fair tax’ backers’ own data show progressive income tax hikes harm middle class the most

By Vincent Caruso, Illinois Policy Institute | May 15, 2019

An advocacy group backing Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s “fair tax” plan has argued a progressive income tax hike won’t affect middle-class Illinoisans. But its most recent report shows a middle-class tax hit is likely.

Illinois House amendment would require supermajority to hike taxes

By Vincent Caruso, Illinois Policy Institute | May 8, 2019

Illinoisans are among the nation’s most heavily taxed residents. A proposed Illinois constitutional amendment would make it harder for lawmakers to add to that burden.

Forget doubling gas taxes, Illinois lawmakers want to rev it even higher

By Vincent Caruso, Illinois Policy Institute | May 7, 2019

Two new proposals in the Illinois General Assembly would give state drivers the highest gas tax burden in the nation.

Illinois becomes only state in Midwest to prohibit adults under 21 from buying tobacco

By Vincent Caruso, Illinois Policy Institute | Apr 9, 2019

“Tobacco 21” was vetoed by the former governor as a burden on stores, but the new governor just made Illinois the 11th state to tell young adults they may not buy tobacco products until they are 21.

Pritzker ad walks back promise of tax relief for Illinoisans

By Vincent Caruso, Illinois Policy Institute | Mar 26, 2019

Gov. J.B. Pritzker promised tax relief for 97 percent of Illinoisans as a selling point for his proposed “fair tax.” But a new ad campaign abandons that claim.

Pritzker, Madigan pledge progressive income tax hike by May

By Vincent Caruso, Illinois Policy Institute | Feb 26, 2019

Pritzker’s first budget address exalted the graduated income tax as a solution to the state’s fiscal problems. Despite evidence to the contrary, the governor is urging state lawmakers to speedily advance the measure.

Pritzker signs statewide $15 minimum wage into law

By Vincent Caruso, Illinois Policy Institute | Feb 19, 2019

Estimates from the governor’s office suggest the minimum wage increase will add $1.1 billion to the state payroll, courtesy of Illinois taxpayers.

Parked in the left lane? Illinois State Police want to give you a $120 'surprise'

By Vincent Caruso, Illinois Policy Institute | Jan 14, 2019

Illinois State Police announced plans to aggressively crack down on misuse of the left lane on interstate highways, deploying “covert vehicles” to boost enforcement.

Proposal would make Illinois gas tax burden the highest in the nation

By Vincent Caruso, Illinois Policy Institute | Jan 8, 2019

Springfield is facing mounting pressure to enact a massive state gas tax hike. One proposal would make the average motorist pay as much as $200 per year in additional taxes on gas.

Worker freedom: More than 3,700 Illinois state workers stopped paying money to a union in 2018

By Vincent Caruso, Illinois Policy Institute | Dec 26, 2018

Of the more than 3,700 Illinois state workers who stopped sending part of every paycheck to a union, 2,800 stopped sending their money to AFSCME.

Rahm to Springfield: Gas tax need to at least double

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

Departing Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel accelerated calls to boost Illinois’ gas tax to pay for local transportation projects.

Chicago to state lawmakers: ‘Seize the opportunity’ for gas tax hike

By Vincent Caruso, Illinois Policy Institute | Dec 5, 2018

Outgoing Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s administration is looking to make inroads on an increase in Illinois’ gas tax.

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.

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