The Daily Northwestern

Local religious leaders advocate changing Illinois flat income tax to bracketed system

Robin Opsahl, City Editor

April 20, 2016

Filed under City, State

Religious leaders in Evanston are urging state legislators to change the current flat income tax to a graduated tax system considering deficits to social services due to the budget crisis. The First Congregational Church of...

Illinois Supreme Court kills 2013 pension reform

Kevin Mathew, Copy Chief

May 10, 2015

Filed under City, Latest Stories, Politics, State

The Illinois Supreme Court ruled unanimously on Friday that pension reductions passed in 2013 were unconstitutional. The decision struck down the most recent attempt to address a $111 billion pension shortfall and spells trouble...

Evanston taxes hold steady despite high pension bills

Kevin Mathew, Copy Chief

April 30, 2015

Filed under City, Latest Stories, Local

Evanston’s tax rate, with a few exceptions, has stayed relatively stable over the past decade even as Illinois sits with the highest overall tax rate throughout the nation in 2015. Illinois residents also pay the second highest property tax rate in the United States, but Evanston...

Local governments eye pension consolidation, regulations

Kevin Mathew, Copy Chief

April 14, 2015

Filed under City, Latest Stories, Local, Politics

The Illinois pension system was ranked last in the country in September by credit-rating agency Moody’s, and now the north suburbs are considering a plan to consolidate local pensions into a larger pool with better revenue. Meanwhile,...

Quinn, Rauner address issues in black community, criticize policies

Paige Leskin, City Editor

October 15, 2014

Filed under City, Latest Stories, Local, Politics, State

Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn of Illinois and his challenger in the upcoming election, Bruce Rauner, argued Tuesday about each other’s stances on issues related to black Illinois residents, including unemployment, gun safet...