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Wave of tax and fee increases sweeping Illinois

Brendan Bakala, Illinois Policy Institute Oct. 17, 2017, 7:36am

Cities and villages across the state are raising taxes or implementing new ones for a variety of functions, from attracting a fast-food restaurant to catching up on rising pension costs.

Metro-East area taxpayers would pay an extra $117M if Democrats’ tax hike becomes law

LGIS Newsfeed May 31, 2017, 9:58am

Metro-East area taxpayers would see a total of $117 million in state income tax increases if a tax hike measure passed by the Democrat-controlled Illinois State Senate becomes law.

Judge Matoesian grants final approval of class action settlement over Papa John’s delivery fees sales tax

Heather Isringhausen Gvillo Nov. 1, 2016, 9:42pm

Madison County Circuit Judge Andreas Matoesian granted final approval of a settlement in a class action alleging Pape John’s Pizza wrongly charged sales tax on delivery fees.

Illinois law granting hospitals tax exemption struck down by appellate court as unconstitutional

Jonathan Bilyk Jan. 8, 2016, 4:15pm

A state appellate panel has struck down an Illinois law providing tax exemptions to hospitals, saying lawmakers erred under the state constitution in believing hospitals should be able to avoid paying property taxes because they may provide enough benefits to their communities to offset the millions of dollars in tax revenue lost to cities, counties, school districts and other local property tax-collecting entities. On Jan. 5, a three-justice panel of the Illinois Fourth District Appellate Cour

Fifth District: Meridian Village is not exempt from paying property tax

Ann Maher Apr. 3, 2014, 9:21am


Private developer not exempt from paying property tax at Scott AFB, court rules

Ann Maher Feb. 25, 2014, 4:23pm


UTC promoters exploiting 'anxiety and fear' among workforce, legislators say

Ann Knef Apr. 21, 2010, 2:11pm

Haine (at the podium) and Hoffman (left) call the UTC project "too risky" during a press conference last month. Kern is at center. State legislators from the Metro-East are criticizing promoters of a large-scale retail project in Glen Carbon saying their "cynical 'jobs' drumbeat" is "an attempt to exploit the anxiety and fear" of the area's suffering workforce.

STAR bonds fizzle out

The Madison County Record Apr. 4, 2010, 6:28am

We all have our jobs to do, but sometimes those jobs put us in opposition to each other. Feelings get hurt, differences harden, and compromise becomes near impossible.

Study: STAR bonds would have significant negative impacts

Ann Knef Mar. 18, 2010, 7:16am

Holbrook Communities surrounding the proposed University Town Center (UTC) development in Glen Carbon could lose more than $400 million in annual retail sales, according to a new economic impact study.

STAR bonds amendment to mental health bill stalls

Steve Korris Feb. 25, 2010, 11:00am

Clayborne SPRINGFIELD – Senate Majority Leader James Clayborne of Belleville can't gather a majority behind state sponsorship of a tourist attraction and mall at Glen Carbon.

More groups are opposed to STAR bonds legislation

Ann Knef Feb. 24, 2010, 11:38am

Holbrook Citizen action groups are lining up against legislation that would divert state sales tax revenue to support development of a giant retail and recreation project at the crossroads of Interstate 255 and 270 in Madison County.

Mayors opposing STAR bonds say legislation would drain tax bases

Ann Knef Feb. 5, 2010, 1:00am

Holbrook The Southwestern Illinois Council of Mayors is telling state legislators to vote against a bill that would funnel sales tax to developers of a 900-acre retail project in Glen Carbon.

SC Johnson attorney asks for funds owed under Buske settlement

Amelia Flood Jan. 25, 2010, 6:41am

An attorney for S.C. Johnson and Sons Inc. has asked the Madison County court to release funds the company says it is owed from the settlement of its claims in the divorce of an Edwardsville couple.

Mayors expected to issue protest letter over STAR bonds proposal

Ann Knef Jan. 20, 2010, 6:46am

Eckert A group of Metro-East mayors will be calling on state law makers to reject legislation that would funnel state sales tax to developers of a 900-acre retail development in Glen Carbon.

Peter, Paul, and Maryville

The Madison County Record Jan. 17, 2010, 8:25am

"A government that robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul," said Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw.

STAR bonds dead for now; newer version could be sweeter for cities

Ann Knef Nov. 6, 2009, 5:51am

Holbrook When state lawmakers return to Springfield next year, they will likely take up a controversial sales tax and revenue (STAR) bonds bill that failed to gain enough support in veto session last week.

Negotiations on STAR bonds not happening in public

Steve Korris Oct. 16, 2009, 2:22am

SPRINGFIELD - Legislative leaders yanked a giant Glen Carbon tourist attraction from center stage at their veto session and whisked it behind their curtain.

The state we're in

The Madison County Record Oct. 11, 2009, 1:25pm

John Costello, son of U.S. Rep. Jerry Costello (D-Belleville), has a plan for the economic recovery of the Metro East – one that's guaranteed to put money in his pockets and the pockets of his friends.

Customer shortchanged $2.48 in sales tax files class action against Wal-Mart

Kelly Holleran Jun. 4, 2009, 10:19am

Lakin A Maryville man has filed a class action lawsuit against Wal-Mart, alleging the store violated its own policy when it did not refund him the total amount of money he paid for one of its products.

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The Madison County Record Aug. 29, 2005, 8:11am

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