Lake County Democrats in the House Carol Sente (D-Vernon Hills), Sam Yingling (D-Grayslake), Scott Drury (D-Highwood) and Rita Mayfield (D-Waukegan) recently received letters from the Illinois Republican Party, drawing their attention to the permanent property tax freeze they voted for in January and calling for action on property tax relief now.
Sen. Dan McConchie (R-Lake Zurich) recently argued against what he perceives as a bill that could leave public school funding frozen because it was earmarked for a particular group of students who didn't need it.
Without a veto, Chicago Public Schools will get the lion's share of funding in legislation currently on the governor's desk at the expense of poorer districts elsewhere in Illinois, Sen. Dan McConchie (R-Hawthorne Woods) said on a radio talk show recently.
Officials in Springfield and around the country are talking about a “pension cliff” and trying to determine what will happen as large numbers of educators become fully vested in school district pension benefit systems.
Democratic state lawmakers showed their true colors in May when they demanded an investigation into an article about apparently doomed school funding reform legislation, a radio show co-host said recently.
Illinois’ average personal income growth since the Great Recession is tied with Nevada for the worst in the country, according to data from the Pew Charitable Trusts recently published on the Illinois Policy Institute website.
Rep. Sheri Jesiel (R-Winthrop Harbor) sees the special legislative session as an opportunity to put a budget in place and ensure that equitable education funding distribution reform happens, according to a press release.
The Round Lake area in Lake County exemplifies Illinois’ strengths and weaknesses, a writer for the Illinois Policy Institute said recently. It is a contrast of stunning natural beauty and a close adaptable community set against inefficient local governance, Joe Kaiser wrote.
Illinois lawmakers betray their ignorance of the needs and opinions of taxpayers when they pass huge tax increases as a way out of the ongoing budget impasse, a policy expert said on a radio program recently.