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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 29, 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,...

Evanston asks Illinois governor to protect city funds

Sophia Bollag, Managing Editor

March 17, 2015

Filed under City, Latest Stories, Local, Politics

Aldermen unanimously expressed their opposition Monday to a proposal by the governor that would force Evanston to cut expenses by more than 4 percent. In February, Gov. Bruce Rauner proposed a budget that would halve the Local...

Evanston waits to see impact of Rauner fiscal plans

Kevin Mathew, Copy Chief

January 29, 2015

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

Gov. Bruce Rauner’s first executive order declared a “financial crisis” in Illinois, but Evanston organizations must wait until Feb. 18 to see his fiscal plan and decide how to adapt. The most likely changes would involve the...

Evanston urges residents to lobby Springfield against funding cuts

Jia You, City Editor

May 28, 2013

Filed under Around Town, Blogs, Latest Stories

Evanston officials are asking residents to lobby state legislators to prevent potential cuts to local funding. The city spread the word over email Tuesday as budget discussion in Springfield drew to a close. Some lawmakers...