The state legislature adjourned before taking action on Senate Bill 1597, which would require Illinois consumers to pay a 5 cent fee for every single-use paper or plastic bag, but similar proposals are being considered at the county and local levels.
Illinois' highest-in-the-nation property taxes are eroding home equity and depressing home values across the state. This report is part of a North Cook News series on recent home sales that demonstrate the consequences.
The average teacher at Township High School District 211 received $115,066 in total compensation in the 2015-2016 school year for working nine months, according to an analysis of Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) and Teachers Retirement System (TRS) records by the North Cook News.
Speaker Michael Madigan (D-Chicago) contributed $21.1 million to 30 state House races this election cycle, including $3,445,351 to 22 fellow Democrats in the week leading up to Tuesday’s general election.