Category Archives: Taxation

Referendum Campaigns Can Be Savagely Divisive, Even At a State Level in a School Board Referendum


The referendum, as an instrument of political decision-making, has been the source of much consternation in 2016. First, June saw an unexpected British vote to leave the European Union (EU). Then, in October, Colombians shocked the world as the narrowest … Continue reading

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Taxpayers need to do their homework on school referendums


Voters in many areas across Illinois will go to the polls in the Primary in March  to elect politicians. Some will also make choices about school spending that will have a more direct impact on household budgets. Before Election Day, … Continue reading

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Illinois’ school debt is higher than national average and most neighboring states


Illinoisans are struggling under the highest property tax burdens in the country. Many of the reasons for those high taxes are known ­– too many local governments,  and rising pension costs. What taxpayers don’t always recognize that local school districts … Continue reading

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Public pot consumption will only be allowed at dispensaries and smoke shops — dashing hopes of bars and restaurants


Pot dispensaries and special smoke shops will be the only place you can publicly consume marijuana next year under a change to state law approved by lawmakers Thursday. After criticism from health advocates, lawmakers moved to curtail provisions in the … Continue reading

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Illinois Taxes Too High For Chicago To Open A Casino, A Bit Ironic


Illinois residents face taxes all of the time, but now Mayor Lightfoot complaining that Illinois taxes are too high to open a financially successful Chicago casino. Gee whiz, how did they screw that up? Chicago tries for decades to get … Continue reading

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August 13, 1979, Rosemont’s Horizon Stadium Collapsed


On August 13, 1979, the uncompleted roof of the Rosemont Horizon collapsed, killing five construction workers and injuring 16 others.[5] The collapse was featured in the “Engineering Disasters” episode of Modern Marvels, first broadcast by The History Channel on April … Continue reading

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Pritzker Signs Bills Expanding State’s Medical Marijuana Law To Include Autism As Well As Other Conditions


Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker celebrated a pair of new laws Monday that expand the state’s medical marijuana program, including one that gives students more options for taking the drug at school.  “As we continue to reform state government so that … Continue reading

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COOK COUNTY HOME VALUES DOWN 31%, PROPERTY TAXES UP 22% SINCE 2007


Cook County homeowners have yet to recover much of the home value they lost after the 2007 housing market crash. But that hasn’t stopped county homeowners’ property tax bills from climbing. Average home prices in Cook County are 31% lower … Continue reading

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Illinois Property Owners Could Be Funding a Special Subsidy for Affordable Housing When Approved by the Illinois General Assembly


The bill is being pushed in the Illinois General Assembly. Does anyone else see the irony here? Property taxes will go up to pay for affordable housing if legislation now pending in the General Assembly passes. It’s not styled as a property … Continue reading

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John Coli is Cooked


Smh. Prostitutes. Free booze. Surrounding himself with young women. All on workers’ dimes — yes the CCDOC per capita tax to the Joint Council helped fund this man, Coli. Think about that: you’re slaving away in a sweaty jail trying … Continue reading

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