Author: Shelly Rothstein

Despite passing a record income tax hike in 2017, Illinois’ pension health remains the nation’s worst, according to one of the world’s leading credit rating agencies.

Written by, Adam Schuster, Director of Budget & Tax Research  – Illinois Policy Institute, 9/24/19 Despite passing a record income tax hike in 2017, Illinois’ pension health remains the nation’s worst, according to one of the world’s leading credit rating agencies.   A new report from Moody’s Investors Service shows in fiscal year 2018, Illinois’ unfunded pension Read More …

Home is where the hurt is: How property taxes are crushing Illinois’ middle class.

Written By, by Austin Berg, Director of Content Strategy – Illinois Policy   Joel Schurtz lived all across the U.S. before coming to Illinois. He took promising job opportunities where he could find them, from California to Alabama. His wife, Michelle, and their three young children would follow.   “Our family always had a plan,” Read More …

Administrative Bloat.

Written by, Adam Schuster, Director of Budget & Tax Research  – Illinois Policy   Illinois spends the most in the Midwest per student on education. But instead of going to classrooms, a big chunk of that money props up bloated education bureaucracy.    Over 9,000 school administrators earned more than $100,000 per year, and they’ll Read More …

Illinois’ two major income tax hikes were major failures.

Written By, Austin Berg, Director of Content Strategy – Illinois Policy    Illinois’ two major income tax hikes were major failures.   That’s the takeaway from Illinois’ 2018 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, or CAFR. It’s one of the state’s most important financial documents. And in true Illinois fashion, it was published 245 days late – Read More …

ILLINOIS STATE HOUSE DISTRICT 59: Didech Property Tax Relief Legislation Signed into Law

By, Press release submission – Lake County Gazette – 6/22/19 Illinois State House District 59 issued the following announcement on July 18 Legislation championed by state Rep. Daniel Didech, D-Buffalo Grove, which will create a mechanism to lower the property tax burden on middle-class families by providing them yearly cost-saving rebates, was recently signed into Read More …

Property tax relief is next ‘think big’ idea for Gov. J.B. Pritzker, Illinois lawmakers to face

  Written By, Rick Pearson – Chicago Tribune, 6/10/19    Gov. J.B. Pritzker hailed the accomplishments of state lawmakers for checking off the major items of his “think big” agenda this spring, saying their work delivered Illinois one of the most “consequential and transformative legislative sessions in history.” But in approving a proposed constitutional change Read More …