Ammie Kessem, the Republican candidate for the 19th House District, said she plans to work on cutting government waste if she is elected, not implement new taxes like the mileage tax that is currently being discussed.
After Chicago Public Schools (CPS) rejected a charter request by Chicago Classical Academy, founder Alice Epstein and her team of administrators decided not to continue an appeal with the state and instead are waiting out the storm.
Ammie Kessem is upset that even as the state's residents struggle to stay afloat many school districts are spiking teachers' salaries at the end of their careers so they get a bigger pension payout -- pensions paid for by the taxpayer.
Hyde Park Township properties were recently reassessed using a new residential assessment model that the Cook County Assessor's Office says will benefit residents and homeowners through more accurate price representations.
Illinois' recently passed fiscal year 2019 budget was touted by Gov. Bruce Rauner as a "great team effort, a great bipartisan effort," but Ammie Kessem, who is running for state representative in the 19th House District, believes taxpayers are getting the short end of the stick with the $38.5 billion spending plan.
Illinois' fiscal situation is out of control and the state has increased taxes drastically over the past few years, but some politicians are saying enough is enough, including U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam, who is seeking re-election.
With Illinois state government increasing taxes and placing more restrictions on local businesses, small businesses often suffer from increased government regulations, according to the candidate for House District 19.
The state of Illinois has been short on money in the past few years, and recently, a Chicago-based think tank suggested that taxing retirement income could bring the state an extra $2.7 billion in revenue if taxed at the same 4.95 percent rate that wage income is taxed.
Chicago Police Officer Dean Angelo Sr. discussed the rise in violent crime with Chicago City Wire and why there are as many murders in the city now as there were in some cities in the 1990s when drug wars were taking place.
Among the hotly debated issues in the past few years is the question of whether to relax laws on the use of marijuana, which has led to states such as California legalizing the recreational use of marijuana recently. The related topic of hemp has been debated as well, as this plant, though related to marijuana, is being considered for uses that are entirely different.
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