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Progressive tax battle pits taxpayers against Madigan

It was no small feat that House Republicans stood their ground against a progressive income tax in April.

Madigan re-elected Chairman of Illinois Democratic Party

The longtime House speaker is the only state legislative leader in the nation to also serve as a party chairman.

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

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

Outmigration fuels Madison, St. Clair County population dips in 2017

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.

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

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

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

Progressive tax proponents display magical thinking

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.

Ed/Glen Chamber points to impact on business with 1 percent CSFT tax increase

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.

Collinsville, Granite City sales taxes would rival Chicago's under tax hike referendum

Madison County voters have twice turned down a proposed sales-tax hike to fund school facilities projects, but the proposal will appear again on March primary ballots. If approved, shoppers in Collinsville and Granite City would see some of the highest sales tax rates in the country.

Champaign County breaks promise on sales tax hike

Property taxes for school districts in Champaign County have risen substantially, despite property-tax relief promises made regarding the County School Facility Sales Tax enacted in 2009. And there’s reason to believe districts across the state might suffer the same fate.

Illinois spends more on education, but outcomes lag

Misplaced priorities in Illinois' education system may be the reason students are less prepared for college than peers in other states.

Meet the Illinoisan at the center of a historic Supreme Court case

Mark Janus learned about public service from a young age, growing up as a Boy Scout in Springfield. He eventually became an Eagle Scout. And he’s passed along his knowledge to young men and women from the state’s capital while leading scouting trips to Florida.

The most misleading myths in Illinois politics

It’s no secret there’s a lot wrong with Illinois. Abraham Lincoln’s birthday, Feb. 12, is an annual reminder of how far the state has drifted away from the virtues of its most illustrious lawmaker.

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

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

Madison County Board votes to have townships pay assessment costs

Some Madison County townships could see their costs go up, which could drive up property taxes.

Giant sucking sound: Illinois lost $3.4B in income to neighboring states since 2010

Policy failures have resulted in a steady stream of income flowing to neighboring states.

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

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

Rising property tax burdens squeeze Illinois families

For most Illinois homeowners, it’s become painfully obvious that they pay some of the highest property taxes in the country. But a couple of new studies could lead some to believe the burden might not be that bad, and might even be getting better.

Illinois General Assembly, 2017 in review: State pet, state grain, but no fixes

Illinois lawmakers passed hundreds of bills in 2017, but enacted no real reforms to boost the state’s economy, rein in the cost of government or provide relief to taxpayers.

New laws set to take effect Jan. 1 include ban on part-time participation in IMRF

More than 200 new laws will take effect in Illinois on Jan. 1, including one that restricts part-time office holders, whether elected or appointed, from participating in or receiving benefits from the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund (IMRF).