Boilermakers offer template for change in Illinois universities, analyst says – Opinion – Chicago City Wire
Rep. Jeanne Ives: In the End, what will Speaker Madigan and the Dems’ Machine gain? – Opinion – Illinois Review
Illinois’ so-called ‘property tax freeze’ legislation exempts Chicago Public Schools and city of Chicago
Illinois Republican spending plan includes millions of dollars for suburban projects – Illinois Policy
Illinois cities, towns, villages trapped paying ‘Illinois Penalty’ because of state’s poor credit rating | Statewide | ilnews.org
Democrats’ fake property tax freeze won’t save Illinois’ underwater housing market – Illinois Policy
A four-year freeze riddled with exceptions won’t help Illinois homeowners. Illinoisans need a long-term freeze on local property tax levies and a cap on the tax burden for individual homeowners.
Supreme Court ruling could mean more litigation against religiously affiliated hospitals over pensions, expert says – Cook County Record
Medicaid expansion could end early in Illinois under Senate Obamacare replacement bill – Chicago Tribune
Judge’s ruling in trade secrets case indicates ‘inevitable disclosure’ doctrine still applies in IL – Cook County Record
Backlog of human rights cases expected to continue after lawmakers block Rauner executive order – INN
Illinois comptroller says mounting payment obligations won’t get in way of debt service – Fidelity Investments
Illinois spends the 13th-most of any state in the country – far more than any of its neighbors or any Midwestern state – Illinois Policy
Nursing homes can sue IL to force prompt processing of Medicaid claims [another decision on late payments] – Cook County Record
Illinois lawmakers pass legislation requiring financial impact statements on executive orders, ignore cost of bills they pass – Illinois Policy
State Senator Andy Manar is a Democrat from Bunker Hill and the sponsor of Senate Bill 1 – Opinion – Crain’s
Federal judge: State can’t keep skimping on Medicaid while fully funding worker pay, debt obligations – Cook County Record
With the rich tapped out, the state may resort to Puerto Rico bonds.
Illinois should make public university tuition more affordable – not subsidize inflated costs with tax dollars – Illinois Policy
- Making every publicly-funded school, pre-school, nursing home and medical facility places for criminals in America illegally to avoid deportation and seek protection from law enforcement;
- Forcing every business in Illinois to raise their employees' minimum wage to $15;
- Automatically registering persons to vote that apply for drivers' licenses;
- Expanding taxpayer health care coverage (such as for Medicaid recipients and state workers) unrestricted abortion coverage.
Illinois has higher gas prices than national average, all neighboring states, heading into Memorial Day weekend – Illinois Policy
State Rep. Jeanne Ives on Sunday blasted her Democrat colleagues in the House for using a procedural tactic to remove her as chief sponsor of a Senate bill to raise $5.4 billion in taxes on Illinoisans.
Senate passes first-in-nation financial tax, despite government report saying it will cause mass evasion – INN
Comment: This may be the stupidest, most suicidal bill the Illinois Senate has ever passed. It would destroy Illinois' financial services sector. See our earlier article on the bill linked here.
To create jobs and grow the economy, Illinois needs a modern communications law – Opinion – The Southern
McCaleb: After Tuesday’s press conference, it’s back to the sidelines, or the dugout, for House Democrats – Opinion – INN
Gov. Bruce Rauner to John Cullerton: Don’t buckle under Madigan’s pressure. Let’s make a deal for taxpayers – State Journal-Register
Stanford’s Hoover Institution Releases 2017 Study Highlighting Unfunded Liabilities Of State And Local Governments
‘Nearly bankrupt’: A multi-part review of how the ACHA ended up broke: Retirement contracts – The Southern
Collinsville is known as the horseradish capital of the world, growing 60 percent to 80 percent of the root that’s enjoyed everywhere, and the city is inviting visitors to come celebrate its cash crop at this year’s International Horseradish Festival.
‘Grand bargain’ redux: Brady plan the next in a long list of failed ‘compromises’ for Illinoisans – Illinois Policy
‘Home repair tax’ will hurt Illinois home building industry, Quad Cities builders say – Rock Island Today
On the Chopping Block: Rising State Pension Costs Lead to Cuts in Higher Education – Manhattan Inst.
The ongoing retrenchment foreshadows a funding crisis for communities that look to sales tax revenue as a key revenue source. Property tax revenue, too, gets squeezed because abandoned properties get reassessed at lower rates.