News

  • Funding for higher education/MAP grants signed

    On April 25, Gov. Bruce Rauner signed an appropriations bill providing funding for higher education and MAP grants. The bipartisan solution ensures that universities, colleges, and community colleges remain open through September, at which point they’ll start collecting their fall tuition money. read more...
  • Illinois holds highest median property tax rate

    Illinois has the highest median property tax rate in the nation, according to CoreLogic, a data provider to financial services and real estate companies. While the national median property tax rate is 1.31 percent, Illinois weighs in at a 2.67 percent. read more...
  • One hundred nineteen days to tax freedom day

    This year “Tax Freedom Day” in Illinois falls on April 29, meaning Illinois residents worked 119 days to pay off their total tax bill in 2016. The longer it takes the pay their taxes, means the less money taxpayers are taking home for food, clothing, housing and other necessities. read more...
  • Historic sites generate state revenue

    According to The State Journal-Register, a recent report from the National Park Service notes that $13.8 million were added to the capital city’s local economy in 2015 from visitors to the Lincoln Home Historic Site. read more...
  • Resurfacing to Begin on US 136 in Champaign County

    The Illinois Department of Transportation announces that weather permitting; work is to begin on Monday, May 2nd on US 136 from Fisher to Dewey. The project includes 2.7 miles of patching, milling and resurfacing as well as adding new HMA shoulders. read more...

2015 Legislative Survey