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.
Illinois Policy Institute News
When it comes to political graft, paying people under the table isn’t too complicated – as long as you have some blurred lines to hide in.
As national jobs growth kept up a steady clip, Illinois saw jobs growth dip after lawmakers passed a historic tax hike.
Severely underwater public safety pensions have already derailed the finances of other municipalities, such as Harvey and North Chicago.
In a 5-4 ruling on June 27, the U.S. Supreme Court declared forced union fees violate the First Amendment rights of government workers.
En route to Rauner’s desk: Victories for licensing reform, regulatory rollback and axing golden parachutes
Nearly 600 bills are on their way to the governor, some of which would be encouraging changes to the status quo.
Illinois’ jobs situation improved in May, but the state needs long-term solutions such as a spending cap to get on a path to fiscal health and assure investors more tax hikes are not on the horizon.
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.
A few brave souls have come forward with their stories about the behavior under Madigan’s dome. But how many still feel powerless?
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.
A progressive income tax resolution passed in the State House on Tuesday 61-52, mostly along party lines.
The court’s ruling strengthens Illinois’ Freedom of Information Act, a crucial tool in holding government officials accountable.
It was no small feat that House Republicans stood their ground against a progressive income tax in April.
The longtime House speaker is the only state legislative leader in the nation to also serve as a party chairman.
Two township administrators took state grant funds intended for a summer youth program to cover up for illegal credit card purchases.
Madison and St. Clair counties both saw their populations decline from July 2016 to July 2017, thanks to outmigration – a problem the counties have been dealing with for years.
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.
The Edwardsville/Glen Carbon Chamber of Commerce has weighed in on the proposed 1 percent County School Facilities Tax (CSFT). And while the organization has not taken an explicit "anti" position, its analysis leans that way.