Will Lower Assessments Lead to Lower Taxes?

The Illinois real estate assessment system bases one’s share of the total bill on the value of one’s property (unless one has farm land). A short history of how we got where we are. The 1870 Constitution required that real … Continue reading

When County Sheriffs and Treasurers Couldn’t Succeed Themselves

There was a time when neither Illinois sheriffs nor treasurers could succeed themselves. In some counties two people traded off.  Treasurer one term, sheriff the next, etc. At an Illinois County Treasurers Association in the late 1960’s, I asked about … Continue reading

Politicians Tempted to Inflate Accomplishments – Part 2

Yesterday I digressed to relate how I didn’t brag about being an employee of the Executive Office of the President when Lyndon Johnson was in office when I ran for McHenry County Treasurer in 1966. How could that have helped … Continue reading