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A collection of pension changes were supposed to save the State of Illinois $445 M in FY2019. They ended up saving…
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Cook County holds nearly one-third of Illinois’ 5.8 million parcels of property and 45% of its taxable value, but m…



In a flurry of activity at the end of its spring session, the Illinois General Assembly passed a $40 billion operating budget, approved significant tax increases and authorized the State’s first major construction program in a decade, financed partly by an expansion of gambling.

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