Comment: The opinion of Cook County States Attorney Alvarez means zip, and this is just a pro-union stunt by her, but she’s probably right — hard to see any way that Preckwinkle’s reform plan for Cook County Pension is constitutional.
Illinois residents pay some of the nation’s highest taxes. One of the big reasons - Illinois has 7,000 units of local government. That’s by far the most in the nation. Consolidation would help ease the outrageous tax burden on the average Illinoisan.
Mayor Lori Lightfoot is considering a slew of one-off actions to help close what city officials claim will be a $1.2 billion shortfall in next year’s budget – including a $94 million property tax hike. Absent in the list of savings is anything that can be considered a structural reform.