While state lawmakers ended a two-year budget impasse, the measures adopted by the Illinois Legislature will not fix the state's fiscal mess, an analyst who co-wrote a paper that places the state 49th in long-run solvency told the Sangamon Sun.
Gov. Bruce Rauner’s office has lost or terminated 21 staffers in the wake of the passage of a contentious budget plan and an unpopular tax hike on July 6, which many saw as a major political defeat for Rauner and many GOP lawmakers.
Chicago Inspector General Joe Ferguson's ongoing investigation into allegedly racist emails sent by Water District supervisors has revealed additional inappropriate messages, the Chicago Tribune reported recently.
Better Government Association (BGA) CEO Andy Shaw threw a bone to four government watchdogs recently whom he said have proven their dedication to moving Chicago away from politics as usual and toward good government.
Illinois has one of the largest number of special districts in the country, but the Chicago Transit Authority is a national leader in terms of easily accessed financial reporting, according to a recent report on the online transparency of special districts.
Illinois’ economy will take decades to recover from the state’s current pension and workers’ compensation obligations, to say nothing of the debts continually being added because of a significant lack of reform, according to a blistering analysis from Chicago attorney Eugene Keefe.
The proposed Chicago Fair Workweek Ordinance, designed to offer greater shift predictability for hourly workers, could put significant financial burdens on businesses, according to attorney Lilia Picazo.
Amid the discussions regarding the Chicago City Council's approval of a rule on public comments during meetings, the Better Government Association (BGA) outlined ways the council can promote an open line of communication that works for both government officials and residents.
The Illinois Sports Facilities Authority recently shared in a Public Safety Committee hearing how the lack of a state budget and no appropriations, along with the state’s recent bond downgrade, will impact professional sports facilities like Soldier Stadium.