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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.

Like a good neighbor: Illinois sees record loss of people to neighboring states

Solving Illinois’ people problem requires addressing the high cost of government, which makes the state far less attractive for people looking to plant roots.

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.

Is your firm selling a commodity?

What differentiates your services from another firm? If a prospective client wants you to do a basic legal transaction, are you really different from the other firms in town? Or, if that person is looking to, let’s say, incorporate a business, is he or she going to choose you because your firm has a higher profile than the next? But are your services fundamentally different from the next guy’s, really? Probably not much.

Reason, fear and the politics of hysteria

The election for the U.S. Senate seat in Alabama is now history. Democrat Doug Jones narrowly defeated Republican Roy Moore by a margin of 2 percent, the exact amount of write-in votes filed on behalf of alternative GOP candidates. While the results may have been surprising to some, it certainly is not an omen for the future, but more of aberration.

It's a Wonderful County!

... This time, he was filled not with despair, but hope. Hope born of the realization that despite all the negative publicity, it really was a Wonderful County, and the power to change the current course of events comes from within–within him and all who think alike.

Census: Illinois loses title of 5th largest state to Pennsylvania

Census data released Dec. 20 show the Land of Lincoln is no longer the fifth-largest state in the U.S.

Government unions, your property tax bill and the power of giving

Balancing the scales at the bargaining table is an essential step in fixing the property tax problem.

Belleville to consider $1.2 million property tax hike

Belleville residents had the opportunity to sound off at a public hearing regarding a proposed 11.98 percent increase in the city’s property tax levy.

It’s Illinois’ birthday! Hey, wait … come back

Illinois’ exodus of people and money is the state’s most pressing policy problem. Until lawmakers get serious about addressing its causes, there’s little reason to think the trend will change.

Student loan troubles? Illinois officials can suspend your professional license

Almost a quarter of Illinois workers need licenses to work in their professions, and workers who default on student loans can face the suspension of those licenses.

New report ranks Metro-East one of the nation’s worst 'Judicial Hellholes'

The Metro-East, internationally known as a favorite destination for out-of-state personal injury lawyers and plaintiffs looking to cash in playing the lawsuit lottery, has cemented its status as the “Lawsuit Abuse Capital of the U.S.” with Madison County being named today to a list of the nation’s “Worst Judicial Hellholes.”

New IRS data: Illinois sees record loss of people, income to other states

The Land of Lincoln is experiencing heavy losses of people and income to other states, new IRS data reveal. Illinois lost more than 86,000 people and $4.75 billion in adjusted gross income to other states from 2015-2016.

Six Illinois metro areas lose jobs over the year, majority see labor force dropout

Illinois’ tepid jobs growth has come disproportionately in the Chicago area.

Southern Illinois University chancellor urges administrative spending cuts

Despite objections from faculty, one university chancellor is pressing for a campus restructuring that includes curbing the tuition-heightening costs of administrative bloat.

What percentage of business should come from referrals

Much of a law practice’s marketing is targeting prospective clients and designed to inform them about your firm and its services, and to get them to call you when they need help. Thank you Mr. Obvious! What if you could get business to come to you without the cost of advertising, public relations, memberships and other marketing expenses we all pay to get new business?

Cook County retirees outnumber active employees in two years

Recently released data shows retirees outpacing active employees, adding pressure to an already stressed pension fund.

Illinoisans’ no good, very bad year

The biggest obstacle Illinoisans face in Springfield remains the same: an all-powerful House speaker, and members of both parties who are all too eager to kowtow.

Illinois flunks new nationwide fiscal report card

The Land of Lincoln received the lowest possible grade in budget forecasting and legacy costs.

House passes phony tax freeze, bill dies in Senate

The politically motivated freeze would not address key cost drivers or protect Illinois homeowners from property tax increases.