Illinois Policy Institute News

Gas tax hike may be around the corner for Gov.-elect JB Pritzker

By Austin Berg, Illinois Policy Institute | Nov 13, 2018

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is reportedly gunning for a transportation bill that could come with an increase in the gas tax.

Illinois’ richest governor, meet the nation’s most powerful state lawmaker

By Austin Berg, Illinois Policy Institute | Nov 12, 2018

Pritzker’s money could offer Madigan’s House members cover should they dare to go against the speaker.

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.

Collinsville area voters to decide whether to eliminate park district

By Joe Barnas, Illinois Policy Institute | Oct 29, 2018

Voters residing in the Collinsville area will consider Nov. 6 whether the Collinsville Area Recreation District should be dissolved.

County board candidate says levy rate vote avoiding 'Truth in Taxation' law was 'deceitful'

By John Sammon | Oct 24, 2018

BELLEVILLE – St. Clair County Board District 12 candidate Kevin Wallace called a recent increase in the county's property tax levy of 4.99 percent, just below a 5 percent threshold that would have required a public hearing and notice to voters, “deceitful.”

These Illinois Halloween laws might scare you

By Austin Berg and Joe Barnas, Illinois Policy Institute | Oct 22, 2018

Scraping through a few hundred municipal codes in Illinois didn’t turn up any trick-or-treat ordinances allowing for jail time. But fines associated with age limits, curfews, masks and more were aplenty.

'People are motivated' says organizer of taxpayer revolt rally, set Oct. 24

By John Sammon | Oct 20, 2018

COLLINSVILLE – Inspired by a desire to take action against out of control taxation, a “Taxpayer Revolt Rally” is set to take place Oct. 24 in Collinsville, just ahead of an election that could be considered a referendum on the hot topic.

County board candidate says voters in west Belleville district are fed up with high property taxes

By Ann Maher | Oct 12, 2018

If there's one concern common among voters in St. Clair County Board District 8 it's high property taxes, according to Republican candidate Deborah Brennan.

AFSCME funnels union dues to Mike Madigan

By Mailee Smith, Illinois Policy Institute | Oct 2, 2018

State records show AFSCME Council 31 funnels membership dues into its political action committee, which just gave a record-breaking $767,800 donation to Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan.

Illinois’ economy shed 5,200 jobs in August, the first drop in 2018

By Orphe Divounguy, Bryce Hill, and Suman Chattopadhyay, Illinois Policy Institute | Sep 25, 2018

Illinois experienced net job losses in August, while the rest of the nation saw continued growth on average.

When taxes hit home(s)

By Austin Berg, Illinois News Network | Sep 25, 2018

Adan Villafranca never thought about buying a home.

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.

One of Illinois' top tax credit recipients to shutter 1,000-employee HQ

By Austin Berg, Illinois Policy Institute | Sep 12, 2018

Illinois issued more than $60 million in EDGE tax credits to Takeda Pharmaceuticals from 2003 to 2013, more than any other company received over that time.

Moody’s: Illinois pension debt-to-revenue ratio hits all-time high for any state

By Adam Schuster, Illinois Policy Institute | Sep 4, 2018

According to a new report by Moody’s Investors Service, Illinois’ unfunded pension liabilities equaled 601 percent of state revenues in 2017, a U.S. record.

Rest of the nation sees 31 percent faster jobs growth vs. Illinois in 2018

By Orphe Divounguy and Bryce Hill, Illinois Policy Institute | Aug 21, 2018

Illinois experienced its sixth consecutive month of jobs growth in July, yet continues to trail the pace of growth in the rest of the nation for 2018.

David v Goliath type race playing out in 113th District; Hoffman has close to $1 million, but Jameson has thousands of contacts

By Ann Maher | Aug 17, 2018

Republican candidate for state representative Doug Jameson hopes to pull an upset in November over long time incumbent, Democrat Jay Hoffman of Belleville.

Why your property tax bill is so high and how to fix it

By Austin Berg, Illinois Policy Institute | Aug 7, 2018

Less than 50 cents of every additional property tax dollar over the last 20 years went to pay for services that raise home values. Instead, the primary driver of the rise in property taxes was pension costs.

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.

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