| May 1, 2012
| 11:31 AM
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle and Assessor Joe Berrios on Tuesday urged state lawmakers to give them more power to go after property owners who improperly claim tax breaks, saying they could recover more than $150 million in three years...
| Aug 29, 2011
| 4:23 PM
Mayor Rahm Emanuel made it clear Monday that the city will continue to rely on special taxing districts as an economic development tool, even as he tries to wash away the stain of public criticism that marred them in recent years.
The mayor plans to...
| Aug 9, 2011
| 2:00 PM
Mayor Rahm Emanuel today said a property tax hike for Chicago Public Schools is acceptable because district administrators have made large cuts to the school budget and investment is necessary to improve important programs like early childhood education....
| Apr 21, 2012
Gov. Pat Quinn wants to fix Illinois' debt-ridden public pension system by getting government employees to work longer, pay more toward their retirement and accept less in benefits.
The attempt to wipe out the $83 billion pension shortfall drew immediate...
| May 9, 2012
SPRINGFIELD — Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Tuesday took the rare step of traveling to the Capitol to make a personal pitch for an overhaul of city government worker pensions, saying costs are out of control and the "day of reckoning has arrived."
| Oct 19, 2011
One of the most popular ways to lower property tax bills is also one of the most misused — benefiting thousands of people ranging from mayors to landlords and snowbirds.
The homestead exemption is supposed to lower taxes only for a taxpayer's...
| Apr 22, 2012
As Gov. Pat Quinn seeks to overhaul Illinois' public employee pension system, one of the more politically tricky elements also happens to be the one he's talking about the least.
The Democratic governor is calling on universities, community colleges...
| Sep 13, 2012
The Elmhurst City Council has given the green light to establishing the city's fourth tax-increment-financing district on North York Street.
The council approved the district in an 11-1 vote Sept. 4. The district will extend along a narrow corridor on...
| Sep 29, 2010
| 4:26 PM
Palm Beach County???s ???Golden Palm??? government employee awards managed to avoid the budget cutting ax, despite financial woes that Tuesday led to another property tax rate increase and $50 million in spending cutbacks. The county???s $4 billion budget...
| Sep 30, 2010
| 4:32 AM
A partial transcript of the back-and-forth between Bill Brady and the press corps at the State Fair on August 17. I went back to look at the videos because the question arose during Wednesday's gubernatorial debate whether Brady said local......
| Oct 12, 2010
| 4:28 PM
At the end of the 2009-10 budget year on June 30, Gloucester County had collected $252,743 less than anticipated from real estate taxes. You may or may not be shocked by that, depending on what happened with your real estate......