Cook County commissioners and lawmakers across the state need to learn from the recently repealed soda tax before considering sales taxes or any other new revenue schemes, Commissioner Sean Morrison told the Chicago City Wire.
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.
Chicagoans could see a 28.2 percent monthly tax increase on land and cell phone lines billed to a city address if Gov. Bruce Rauner signs into law a measure that crept through the Legislature earlier in June.
Simplified reporting and "loosened eligibility by government bureaucrats" led to record-high enrollment in the federally funded Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), commonly referred to as food stamps, Douglas Besharov, a professor at the University of Maryland told Chicago City Wire.
There are three steps to reducing corruption in Chicago and they begin with completely rewriting its weak and archaic ethics ordinance that protects entrenched politicians, the city's former legislative inspector general turned government watchdog group CEO said.
When the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) scheduled a strike vote earlier this year, many viewed the move as another tactic orchestrated by the union to prevent Gov. Bruce Rauner from imposing his last, best offer.
Remembered as “a titan,” a “war hero,” a “true gentleman” and above all as a skillful, diplomatic peacemaker, longtime U.S. Rep. Bob Michel has passed away at the age of 93, Capitol Fax announced today.
Not all Illinois public employees who are members of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) are gung-ho and in lockstep with the government-worker union's negotiating tactics.
For-profit colleges are currently surpassing most community colleges and some state universities in graduation rates and per-pupil spending in Illinois, according to statistics provided by government and educational tracking organizations.