The TIF Illumination Project is an effort of a group of volunteers in Chicago to expose a decades-old finance scheme that annually extracts almost 500 million dollars of property taxes and places it in a program controlled by the mayor.
If you're an Illinois resident with a high property tax bill, chances are strong you live in one of the collar counties surrounding Chicago. That's not an end-all-be-all statement, but based on data from Tax-Rates.org, it's a pretty safe assumption.
We are great with corporate welfare in Texas. But if you can't get a job, or are sick, or your kids are hungry, or you are sleeping in your car because things didn't work out quite the way you thought they would, we're sorry.
You probably know by now that Gov. Pat Quinn lost his attempt to cancel paychecks for lawmakers. Cook County Circuit Judge Neil Cohen sided with House Speaker Michael Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton in their lawsuit against Quinn.
In one way or another, it all comes back to our pension crisis, the worst financial crisis we've ever encountered. Care more now? Act. Tell your state officials they must act. Demand a solution that works.
After 1950, Detroit began to shrink, the first break in its sensational upward trajectory. What happened? Some blamed the end of the war, but America was pouring billions into the Interstate Highway System. The world wanted American cars and trucks. The causes of decline must have been internal.
Income taxes are also expensive to collect and easy to evade. They're far from ideal by any standard. But states that want to cut or eliminate personal income taxes (a good thing) need to think carefully about how they do it.
At first glance it appears that the investor who owns a rental house or apartment building pays the property tax on it, but this is only nominally true. Who really pays the tax in this case? Clearly it is the renter.
New Yorkers don't agree on much, but the 68 percent of us who rent our homes or apartments can usually find common cause on at least one issue: The rent we pay each month, as one perennial political candidate often says, is too damn high.