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Illinois Senate Passes Progressive Tax Change With Higher Rates Than Pritzker’s

Illinois lawmakers are one step closer to putting Gov. J.B. Pritzker's signature campaign promise on the 2020 ballot: A proposed change to the Illinois constitution that would allow for higher income tax rates on higher levels of income.

"This is the next step in a more than decades-long effort to modernize our tax code," said Sen. Don Harmon, D-Oak Park.

The Senate passed the measure 40-19. Republicans, who are a superminority in the chamber, were unanimous in opposition.

"We believe our current Constitution … wisely decided that Illinois taxpayers needed protections against politicians," said Minority Leader Bill Brady, R-Bloomington. "The elimination of this flat tax provision, we believe, severely puts at risk raising taxes higher and particularly on the middle class.":snip:

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Census count finds Illinois still has more units of government than every other state

The latest Census count on units of government in each state shows Illinois still has hundreds more than any other despite being the sixth most populous state.

The U.S. Census has released its biennial Census of Governments report, this year showing the count of state and local governments in 2017. Illinois dropped in its total units of government count, but at 6,919, it still has 1,575 more than Texas, the state with the second most.

The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning said in its “On to 2050” report that the state needs to examine areas where consolidation and shared services can streamline government, but Senior Policy Analyst Lindsay Hollander said it can’t just be for the sake of lowering that number.:snip:

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4 hours ago, Geee said:

Census count finds Illinois still has more units of government than every other state

The latest Census count on units of government in each state shows Illinois still has hundreds more than any other despite being the sixth most populous state.

The U.S. Census has released its biennial Census of Governments report, this year showing the count of state and local governments in 2017. Illinois dropped in its total units of government count, but at 6,919, it still has 1,575 more than Texas, the state with the second most.

The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning said in its “On to 2050” report that the state needs to examine areas where consolidation and shared services can streamline government, but Senior Policy Analyst Lindsay Hollander said it can’t just be for the sake of lowering that number.:snip:

 

More than California? WOW!

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Lawmakers expand corporate board diversity bill to include Latino representation

Lawmakers pushing a bill that would mandate diversity requirements for corporate boards plan to require Latino representation along with a woman and African-American board members.

The law would apply to all publicly traded companies headquartered in Illinois.

Initially, the bill that narrowly passed the House would have required at least one African-American and one woman on corporate boards. Now, the sponsors have added an additional requirement that a person of Latin American descent also is included.

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Chicago’s Hemorrhaging Housing Market

In early 2012, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel warned residents and local politicians that, unless the city, along with the state of Illinois, started tackling its deep pension problems, “You won’t recruit a business, you won’t recruit a family to live here.” Seven years later, as Emanuel exits office, it’s becoming clearer what he meant.

A few months ago, Realtor.com predicted that Chicago would have the weakest housing activity this year among the nation’s top 100 markets. Average housing prices in the Windy City still haven’t completely recovered from the real-estate downturn that began in 2009, though property taxes continue to climb. No wonder, then, that Illinois ranks among states losing the most people to other areas of the country, or that some Chicago-area homeowners are taking big losses when they sell their houses. 

The future doesn’t look brighter. “Taxes are high, the services (that taxes) pay for are terrible, and the debt load is so high, so palpably unsustainable that people have no belief that the resources can be found to turn it all around,” Ball State economist Michael Hicks told the local press last year.

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On 6/3/2019 at 10:24 AM, Geee said:

 

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Illinois residents will see higher taxes and Illinois lawmakers will see bigger paychecks.

Some Democrats said the Illinois legislative session that went into overtime and wrapped up Sunday evening was historic. Others said lawmakers increased taxes and gave themselves a pay increase.

 

Because They've done such a bang up job!

 

I wish when I was working I could've done that. "Warren, I've decided I deserve a 10% raise." Yeah That would've worked....to give him a good laugh

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Illinois Governor Signs Bill Doubling Gas Tax to the Third-Highest in Nation

The average Illinois driver will pay at least $100 more annually for gas under a new law, which went into effect on July 1, analysis by the Illinois Policy Institute reveals.

On June 28, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker (D-Ill.) signed into law a record tax hike that doubles the state’s gas tax and substantially raises vehicle registration fees. Illinois' total gas tax burden is now the third-highest in the nation, the report finds.

Appearing at a press event announcing the signing, Pritzker defended the tax hike by claiming it will attract jobs and businesses, NPR Illinois reports:

“We’re putting a lot of people to work. We’re also attracting jobs from businesses that will want to be here because of the upgraded infrastructure that we’ll have all across the state of Illinois.”:snip:

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