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Illinois tax hikes

Illinois universities’ credit descends into junk territory

Illinois universities have hiked tuition and relied on state subsidies to pay for exorbitant administrative salaries – and now they’re feeling the effects of that destructive behavior.

By Ted Dabrowski, John Klingner

2 graphics show why Illinois’ social services and taxpayers are getting stiffed

Government worker retirement costs and interest on state retirement debt are squeezing out funding for social service providers and taxpayer relief.

By Michael Lucci

Illinois state Rep. Mussman’s property tax scam

BLS jobs report shows weak economy in Illinois, recovery in neighboring states

Illinois saw a 0.23 percent increase in jobs in the first quarter of 2017, the third-worst growth rate in the region.

By Michael Lucci

Illinois lawmakers passed 938 bills that became law from 2015 to 2017 – just 3% had a price tag

Despite Illinois’ severe financial problems, less than 3 percent of bills passed by the 99th General Assembly and enacted into law have fiscal notes.

By Brendan Bakala

Chicago aldermen propose $33 per employee ‘head tax’ on city employers

At a time when businesses are fleeing the state, a group of Chicago aldermen are attempting to revive the employer’s expense tax to bail out Chicago Public Schools.

By Chris Lentino

Illinois lawn services tax

Illinois loses nearly 9,000 jobs on net in March; unemployment rate drops

Illinois lost jobs across several industries including construction, manufacturing, and professional and business services. The only employment category to see significant growth was leisure and hospitality.

By Michael Lucci

Work over prison: Illinois should expand record sealing

Research shows that recidivism rates drop for ex-offenders who are able to find steady employment.

By Hilary Gowins

What Noble charter teachers need to know before unionizing

A group of teachers in the Noble Network of Charter Schools are seeking union representation. Here’s what Noble teachers need to know before voting to unionize.

By Mailee Smith

McHenry County Board votes to cut tax levy by 10 percent

In a bipartisan effort to cut McHenry County’s local tax burden, the McHenry County Board voted overwhelmingly in favor of a pledge to cut the county tax levy by 10 percent. The board chairman has intimated he will pursue further local government consolidation efforts.

By Brendan Bakala