Illinois Review Spreads Potential Rauner Property Tax Hike Signature Statewide

has picked up the information that Woodstock’s Susan Handelsman found about the bill that would allow school districts to raise real estate taxes without a referendum. It would legalize (still again) the transfer of money from Transportation Funds to districts’ … Continue reading

“The cowardice of voting present in the Illinois legislature”

That’s the headline in the State Journal-Register out of Springfield. That newspaper editorial was aiming at its local Republican State Representatives. Here’s a paragraph from the editorial: “They punted – plain and simple – on an important vote that would … Continue reading

Is Madigan or Franks Telling the Truth?

On his blog Illinoyances, Steve Reick, the man who ran against State Rep. Jack Franks last year asks the following questino: Who do you believe? Reick quotes what Franks told the Northwest Herald–sort of a “pox on both sides” to … Continue reading

Mike Tryon on SB 1229

At Wednesday morning’s House Revenue & Finance Committee meeting, Representative Mike Tryon questioned officials from the Governor’s Office of Management and Budget about the financial consequences that could result from SB 1229’s veto override. The bill would unilaterally allow AFSCME … Continue reading

Tribune Ad Targets Sente

A full-page ad on the back page of Sunday’s Chicago Tribune tries to convince people to call State Rep. Carol Sente to urge her to vote against Senate Bill 1229, the legislation that would strip Governor Bruce Rauner of collective … Continue reading

Tobin’s Group Calls for Veto of Althoff-Tryon Tax Hike Bill

A press release from Jim Tobin: Taxpayers Demand Gov. Quinn Veto Property Tax Theft Before recently defeated Gov. Pat Quinn (D) leaves office, taxpayers urge that he veto SB 3341, a bill that passed through the state legislature December 3 … Continue reading

Legislature Set to Override Freedom of Information Restriction Veto

Governments like to keep secrets. It’s an attribute ingrained in the beast. Even outsiders elected to office vowing transparency get pushed in the direction of keeping information from the public. The local governments have gotten together and convinced our state … Continue reading