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McCALEB OP-ED: Collapse of Harvey’s finances signals what’s to come across Illinois

(Illinois News Network) — The unfolding fiscal crisis in south suburban Harvey should send shivers down the spines of public employees and retirees across Illinois. It also should give pause to taxpayers, who already pay the highest combined local and state taxes in the country and who continually are being forced to pay more because of unsustainable More...

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By Guest Poster On Tuesday, April 17th, 2018

GUEST COLUMN: Why your tax break isn’t bigger

It’s everyone’s least favorite time of year again – tax season – which means millions of middle class Americans have spent the last few weeks stressed over their family’s financial health. As they More...

By Jake Leonard On Thursday, April 5th, 2018

COMMENTARY: Illinois legislature considering allowing tax bills to be paid with cryptocurrency

A recent topic of discussion in the Illinois House may become a point of discussion in next week’s scheduled hearing of the House Revenue and Finance Committee, slated for 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 11. What More...

By Jake Leonard On Sunday, March 4th, 2018

Bourne proposes legislation to repeal the estate tax

LITCHFIELD (Heartland Newsfeed) — Agriculture runs deep in our American heritage and has been a key component of our state’s history. Illinois, with over 72,000 farms that cover 27 million acres, is an More...

By Jake Leonard On Tuesday, February 27th, 2018

Litchfield ponders 12-year extension of TIF District 1

LITCHFIELD (Heartland Newsfeed) — With four years remaining on the current tax increment fund (TIF) in District 1, the City of Litchfield presented their case to fellow taxing bodies as to why this district More...

By Guest Poster On Monday, February 19th, 2018

Shrinking Decatur to face budgetary hurdles in coming year

DECATUR (Illinois Policy Institute) — After passing an unbalanced budget in 2017, Decatur will have to address its declining population and revenue as it looks ahead to crafting future budgets. Gov. Bruce More...

By Associated Press On Wednesday, February 14th, 2018

EPA chief says he flies first class due to security concerns

WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of the Environmental Protection Agency has broken months of silence about his frequent premium-class flights at taxpayer expense, saying he needs to fly first class because of unpleasant More...

By Jake Leonard On Monday, February 5th, 2018

Illinois taxpayers to wait a month for state tax refunds

SPRINGFIELD (Heartland Newsfeed) — If you usually file your taxes in February, you can file your tax return, but you will likely be waiting a month until your receive your refund. Terry Horstman from the Illinois More...

By Jake Leonard On Sunday, February 4th, 2018

House bill would require referendum before local tax hikes

SPRINGFIELD (Heartland Newsfeed) — Local lawmakers in the Illinois General Assembly could be prevented from passing tax hikes without voter permission. With passage, the state’s voters will have to vote More...

By Jake Leonard On Thursday, January 25th, 2018

Bourne issues resolution in opposition of vehicle mileage tax

LITCHFIELD (Heartland Newsfeed) — State Representative Avery Bourne (R-Raymond) has signed on as chief co-sponsor of a resolution that voices opposition to a new tax on Illinois motorists being charged per More...