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Illinois Supreme Court kills 2013 pension reform

Kevin Mathew, Copy Chief

May 10, 2015

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

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...

Evanston asks Illinois governor to protect city funds

Sophia Bollag, Managing Editor

March 17, 2015

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 30, 2015

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...