John Kass: Could Sen. Mitch McConnell’s bankruptcy idea actually save Illinois and Chicago taxpayers? – Chicago Tribune
Wall Street ratings firm: COVID-19 could mean ‘long-term damage’ to already woeful Illinois finances – Chicago Sun-Times
IL high court home warranty decision prevents unneeded home price markups, limits impact, builders say – Cook County Record
Oak Lawn Mayor Sandra Bury accuses State Rep. Bob Rita, gaming industry interests of seeking to knock down village’s new ‘push tax’ on video gaming machines – Chicago Tribune
Rep. Sosnowski: Governor’s “Restore Illinois” data-driven plan simply ignores data – Illinois Review
Despite national economic recovery, Illinois’ debt per taxpayer worse than during Great Recession – INN
Editorial: As Springfield dawdles on reforms, put your property tax bill on the fridge. – Chicago Tribune
Rauner backs his hand-picked Republican Party chairman, Tim Schneider, for re-election as leadership battle brews – Chicago Tribune
A war like no other: Inside the Illinois National Guard’s unprecedented coronavirus mission – Chicago Tribune
Measure to allow state treasurer to use investment money to pay Illinois bill backlog advances to House – INN
3 other states, numerous public pension funds aiming to profit off legal weed in Illinois – Chicago Sun-Times
IL Supreme Court denies Erin Andrews’ request to continue lawsuit vs hotel booking firm over stalking – Cook County Record
Un-Kind Benefits: The Inequitable Assignment of Teacher Pension Debt in Illinois – TeacherPensions.org
More Illinois high school grads are leaving, for better and for good – Editorial – Belleville News Democrat
Temporary raises. Masks. Sneeze guards. Workers are demanding more protections as COVID-19 spreads, a push that could continue even after the pandemic ends – Chicago Tribune
Addressing unemployment claims mess, Gov. J.B. Pritzker promises computer upgrades; House GOP leader says ‘this was an avoidable problem’ – Chicago Tribune
Relic of Madison County’s class action bonanza settles; Wells Fargo was last defendant in 15-year-old bond case – Madison County Record
Advocates File Complaint Alleging Illinois Isn’t Fulfilling Disabilities Consent Decree – NBC Chicago
Illinois lawmaker says no tax dollars for public universities that limit free speech – Center Square
Unions spent $100 million since 2000 to buy Illinois elections, but this year will be challenging – Chicago Sun-Times
Illinois Democrats, union members, government or nonprofit workers, and people of all income groups support a pension amendment that allows for changes in cost-of-living raises and other future benefits.
Lawmakers could return briefly in May to address budget, other critical issues – Capitol News Illinois
Questions about spending of taxpayer money fuel movement to abolish township government – Chicago Tribune
Naperville Park District may take legal action to reopen parks and facilities on its own schedule – Naperville Sun
While Illinois gains 7,700 manufacturing jobs in 2017, group says trends elsewhere raise alarm – INN
Illinois is already in the peak for COVID-19 deaths – but projections show the pain is far from over – Chicago Sun-Times
On top of top salaries and health care, AFSCME contract includes lesser known provisions unheard of in private sector – Illinois Policy
Yet leading candidates to replace Gov. Bruce Rauner think the only problem with the state's income tax rate is that it doesn't go high enough.
Do Illinois hospitals have enough beds? Yes for now, but coronavirus threat has officials eyeing more space – Chicago Tribune
Despite that momentum, major doubts remain about whether such a provision would be upheld by the IRS. Specifically, some financial experts say, establishing a system in which Illinois taxpayers would donate to a charity supporting local public schools and, in exchange, get a credit on state income taxes that would be fully deductible on their federal returns is a little too cute to make it past the tax agency.
But now, a Chicago tax law expert who has researched the issue says he's concluded conventional wisdom is wrong, and the proposed workaround "might just work."
Proposed Illinois Senate Bill Would Have Government Match Small Donations In State Elections – WNIJ and WNIU
2.3 million more Illinois jobs at risk: The devastating economic toll of the virus in 6 charts – Chicago Tribune
Illinois Congressman expects President-elect Trump to move quickly against Obamacare – Illinois News Network
Filing by attorney general to block state worker pay uncalled for – Editorial – State Journal-Register
Effects of the Budget Stalemate on Revenue and Spending at the Midpoint of Fiscal Year 2016 – U of I Inst of Government & Public Aff.
Bruce Rauner secures pre-primary endorsement by the Cook County Republican Party – Chicago Sun-Times
Unaccountable and Unaffordable 2016: Unfunded Public Pension Liabilities Near $5.6 Trillion – American Legislative Exchange Council
Without pension reform, progressive income tax amendment guarantees tax hikes on Illinois’ middle class – IL Policy
7th Circuit says town’s prohibition on inflatable rats violated union’s free speech rights – Cook County Record
CTA retirees OK to sue over health benefit changes, but modifications not forbidden – Cook County Record
Illinois becomes first state to list companies banned for business due to boycotting Israel – Jerusalem Post
CUB critics say the utility rate watchdog is more focused on politics than advocating for consumers – Legal News Line
Coronavirus pandemic could cause $560 million in Illinois gas tax revenue losses this year, possibly delaying some road and rail plans: report – Chicago Tribune
‘Nearly bankrupt’: A multi-part review of how the ACHA ended up broke: Retirement contracts – The Southern
Residential property tax collections have grown three times faster than incomes in Illinois since 2000. The Wirepoints report with background research is linked here.
Mr. Madigan, Mr. Cullerton, Wisconsin thanks you for blocking Illinois reforms – Editorial – Chicago Tribune
Zurich North America to get $20.35 million from state; building headquarters in Schaumburg – Daily Herald
There about 1,200 long-term care facilities in Illinois, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health. Officials suggested alternative ways of communicating with loved ones such as phone calls, texts, FaceTime or Snapchat.
When it comes to good old-fashioned political patronage, few places compete with Democratic Chicago City Hall better than the usually Republican-run Illinois Tollway.
Madigan, Pritzker, Burke spent over $3M in campaign money on lawyers last year, and they’re not alone – Chicago Sun-Times
Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan, Gov. J.B. Pritzker and Ald. Edward M. Burke (14th) have tapped their campaign funds to cover more legal bills than any other Illinois officials have in the past year
Former Gov. Jim Edgar urges Gov. Bruce Rauner to quit holding budget hostage – State Journal-Register
Addison, Algonquin and Mundelein earn high marks on government transparency audit while 18 cities fail – IPI
Car buyers are on the hook for an estimated $40 million extra in sales taxes thanks to an Illinois law starting next year that will cap trade-in tax credits for most motor vehicles at $10,000.
Currently, car buyers pay sales tax on the difference between the value of a new car and the value of the car they're trading in. But starting Jan. 1, car buyers will receive sales tax credit on only up to $10,000 of the value of their trade-in.
Is Illinois Promising to Give Amazon All Its Workers’ Salaries for a Headquarters? – Chicago Magazine
"Not really, no. What we’re offering the company is pretty straightforward, but how we think and talk about that is anything but."