Monday, October 19, 2020

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Too Many Units of Local Government: Illinois the Outlier – Wirepoints Video

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.

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A preview of Chicago’s 2021 budget: more taxes, phantom savings and no reforms. – Wirepoints Quicktake

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.

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Pritzker told Congress his leadership got virus under control despite Trump, now he blames Trump for surge – Wirepoints Quicktake

That was then and this is now.

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Things That Make You Say ‘Hmm’ About Illinois’ New Bond Offering – Wirepoints

It’s always fun to compare what governments say in bond documents, where falsehoods can lead to fraud charges, to what the general public has been led to believe. Illinois newest bond offering is no different, and what might be more interesting is what’s not written and is between the lines.

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Illinois’ COVID-19 data: Daily update for October 19, 2020 – Wirepoints

Daily COVID-19 data update for October 19, 2020.

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