Waltham School District 185 in Utica will be able to increase its debt limit to fund a new school if a bill sponsored by Rep. Jerry Long (R-Streator) that recently passed the House and Senate is signed by Gov. Bruce Rauner.
While every state around it continues to grow in population and prosperity, Illinois keeps shrinking under the strain of higher taxes and more regulations, Michael Lucci, vice president of policy for the Illinois Policy Institute, said in an article on the institute's website.
Public sector employees and retirees could accept less than their constitutionally protected pensions if they understand it's them or public education, an economist said during an appearance on a recent Chicago-based radio show.
Illinois Valley’s 21 police and fire pension funds paid out a total of $9,939,934 in benefits to 315 retirees and inactive recipients in 2016 while gaining $418,986 on their investments, according to an Illinois Valley Times analysis of the funds' mandated financial filings with the Illinois Department of Insurance.
U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) believes more should be done to protect those who govern the country following the shooting of House Minority Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana at a GOP baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia, on June 14.