taxpayers

Illinois taxpayers will be paying an in-between rate on 2017 income as a result of the state's tax increase.

Officials of the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity said Sears Holdings's elimination of 400 jobs means the company no longer qualifies for state tax breaks.

Officials of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum said the state has suspended a project searching the National Archives for papers written by Abraham Lincoln.

A program in Cook County to help non-violent offenders with drug or alcohol problems is receiving a federal grant of more than $324,000.

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner is again saying today he needs a property tax freeze to end the budget impasse.  His comments came as Rauner and House Democrats can’t even agree to meet in private.  There are five days left before state lawmakers are supposed to adjourn for the year.  And Rauner is criticizing the Senate Democrats for not yet agreeing to a property tax freeze even though they’ve at least been meeting with Republicans to negotiate.

A new report from the Chicago-based non-profit Truth in Accounting found it would cost taxpayers more than forty five thousand dollars each to cover the state’s unfunded debts.  

A state auditor general report has found that a new court in Illinois created to resolve taxpayer complaints has poorly managed expenses and won't open an office outside of Chicago.
 
The Illinois Independent Tax Tribunal started a year and a half ago to mediate disputes between taxpayers and the Illinois Department of Revenue.
 
The audit has found the court hasn't opened a Sangamon County office as required by law. It also says the court refused to hire a reporter or clerk, two positions it was supposed to fill.
 

Associated Press

The Associated Press has learned that Peoria Congressman Aaron Schock billed taxpayers more than $10,000 on private flights last fall that included a trip to a Chicago Bears football game.

The school districts in the City of Washington are evaluating the property tax horizon as the community is rebuilding from the EF-4 Tornado last November.

The school boards heard some of their options last night. The School Boards of Elementary and Middle School Districts 50, 51 and 52 met with the Board of the High School District 308.

At stake is determining the districts’ tax levies after the community lost about $8-million of its assessed value in the November 17th tornado last year.

Mandatory minimums to be debated this week

Jul 14, 2014

A panel of Illinois state lawmakers Tuesday is scheduled to debate how long convicted criminals should spend in prison for certain crimes. IPR's Tony Arnold reports.

Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy frequently blames Springfield politicians for the city’s gun violence. He says nobody’s afraid of Illinois’ gun laws.