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09.13.19

In the State of Illinois, non-home rule units of government located in counties subject to the Property Tax Extension Limitation Law (PTELL) are limited in the size of their annual property tax extension to 5% or the increase in the Consumer Price Index (CPI), whichever is less. However, the...

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08.29.19

The Wall Street Journal

This article covered the City of Chicago's significant financial challenges ahead of Mayor Lori Lightfoot's State of the City address. Civic Federation President Laurence Msall said that the Mayor...

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The City’s combined property tax extension made up 24.4% of the average property owner’s tax bill in tax year 2017,… https://t.co/87NIEwBoQX
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Proponents of congestion fees argue they could reduce traffic and improve air quality, but opponents argue they req… https://t.co/P8u1GezfoB
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The large and steady upward trend in debt threatens to further reduce the City of Chicago’s credit rating, make fut… https://t.co/GMaUDevK1S