Category Archives: Taxation

It’s Time To Streamline Illinois Government


Last year legislators from both sides of the aisle came together to approve a “smart streamlining” bill (Senate Bill 3) that would enable all 102 Illinois counties to begin merging or eliminating overlapping, and arguably, unnecessary units of government, including … Continue reading

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Is Leyden High School SD 212 Achieving Its Transparency Goal ?


In a democracy it is especially important that citizens have access to information so they can actively participate in government and make good choices on Election Day;  at Leyden School District 212, transparency is the best way to promote #leydenpride … Continue reading

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Northern Illinois Hiring Practices and Expenditures Questioned


An Office of Executive Inspector General investigation into Northern Illinois University’s hiring and spending practices has found that President Doug Baker routinely circumvented state laws and regulations to reward friends and associates. The report, commissioned after watchdog groups and whistleblowers … Continue reading

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A Day of Remembrance 


Today, April 15th, we celebrate the life and times of Harold Lee Washington (April 15, 1922 – November 25, 1987); an African American lawyer and politician who became the first African-American Mayor of Chicago, serving from 1983 until his death … Continue reading

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Schiller Park Has Lost It’s Moral Compass


The local election in Schiller Park has become a proverbial “witches cauldron”. Clearly, the community has lost its moral compass, as the political discussion in Schiller Park has reached an abysmal low.    We have seen people banned off of … Continue reading

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Budget Battle Continues in Springfield 


You’ll recall that the governor campaigned on the idea of raising the income tax a bit (he never really said by how much) and then rolling it all the way back to 3 percent by the end of his first … Continue reading

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Should Leyden and Norwood Park Township Villages Opt Out of Cook County Minimum Wage Ordinance ?


Following the lead of the City of Chicago and other municipalities nationwide, on October 26, 2016, the Cook County Board of Commissioners voted to gradually increase the minimum wage in Cook County to $13 per hour by July of 2020. … Continue reading

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Illinois Has Too Many School Districts


From 1930 through 1970, a gradual consolidation process eliminated 9 of every 10 school districts nationally. The number of districts in the U.S. fell dramatically, to fewer than 20,000 from over 120,000. Illinois followed similar trends. In 1942, Illinois had … Continue reading

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Ald. Ameya Pawar Throws First Official Hat in Democratic Ring for Illinois Governor


For a sitting, massively rich Republican governor who just added $50 million in personal cash to his re-election campaign, a sitting Chicago alderman with a measly $50,000 probably doesn’t seem much of a threat.And perhaps pro-business, union-critic Governor Bruce Rauner … Continue reading

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Is Illinois Going to Have A Budget Soon ?


 A plan to end a two-year Illinois budget standoff negotiated in the Senate — which likely includes an income tax increase as well as items on Gov. Bruce Rauner’s agenda — could get a vote in Springfield as early as … Continue reading

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