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43 jurisdictions, including Illinois, require sales tax collections for online purchases

Illinois is among the jurisdictions where sales tax collections are required for out-of-state purchases in the wake of the South Dakota v. Wayfair Supreme Court decision last year, according to an analysis by the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL).

Illinois K-12 schools paid out $16,825 per student in 2017-18, NEA reports

Public schools in Illinois spent $16,825 per student based on average daily attendance (ADA) figures, the 12th highest expenditure level among the 50 states and the District of Columbia, according to a National Education Association report.

10.9% of Illinois residents live in poverty, Census Bureau finds

Illinois residents living below the poverty line in 2017-18 made up 10.9 percent of the state’s population, the 31st highest rank among the 50 states and the District of Columbia, according to new Census Bureau data.

Illinois offers 91 incentives for energy efficiencies, renewables

Policies and incentives promoting renewable energy and energy efficiency in Illinois number 91, the 12th highest rank among the 50 states and the District of Columbia, according to data analyzed in a federally funded database.

Illinois schools get 55% of their funds from local taxes, NEA reports

Fifty-five percent of Illinois public education funding comes from local tax revenues, the 10th highest level among the 50 states, according to data from the National Education Association.

2nd-quarter state tax collections in Illinois reach $12.6 billion, Census Bureau reports

State tax revenues in Illinois amount to $12.6 billion in the second quarter of 2019, the fifth highest tally among the 50 states and the District of Columbia, according to newly released data from the U.S. Census Bureau.

2017-18 teacher pay in Illinois averaged $65,721

Teachers’ salaries in Illinois averaged $65,721 for the 2017-2018 school year, the 11th highest rank among the 50 states and the District of Columbia, according to data analyzed by the National Education Association (NEA).

1st-quarter state tax collections in Illinois reach $10.2 billion, Census Bureau reports

State tax revenues in Illinois amount to $10.2 billion in the first quarter of 2019, the sixth highest tally among the 50 states and Washington, D.C., according to newly released data from the U.S. Census Bureau.

Illinois’ public pensions are 81.2 percent government funded

Taxpayer contributions to Illinois’s public pension funds in 2018 amounted to 81.2 percent of the total, the seventh highest ratio among the 50 states, according to newly released data by the U.S. Census Bureau.

Total state tax collections in Illinois reach $38 billion, Census Bureau reports

State tax revenues in Illinois amount to $38 billion, the sixth highest tally among the 50 states, according to newly released data from the U.S. Census Bureau.

Decatur’s concentrated poverty rate is the highest in Illinois

The Decatur metro area’s share of extreme poverty – neighborhoods where at least 40 percent of residents live below the poverty level – is the highest in Illinois, according to a new analysis from the website 24/7 Wall St.

Illinois earns grade of C+ for manufacturing health

Illinois received a grade of C+ on a scorecard developed by Ball State University to gauge the health of each state’s manufacturing sector.

McHenry County’s $3,650-per-month cost of living is the highest in Illinois

Residents of McHenry County need to make $3,650 every month to maintain a modest standard of living, making it the most expensive place to live in Illinois.

Illinois’s public pensions are 80.4% government funded

Taxpayer contributions to Illinois’s public pension funds in 2017 amounted to 80.4 percent of the total, the seventh highest ratio among the 50 states, according to newly released data by the U.S. Census Bureau.

Illinois disabled veterans still awaiting action on home loan fee refunds

Despite facing a July 31 target deadline, the Veterans Benefits Administration has yet to provide refunds to tens of thousands of disabled veterans who were erroneously charged home loan funding fees.

Average student loan debt for graduates in Illinois is $28,424, study finds

College graduates in Illinois have an average debt burden of $28,424, according to a study by the website 24/7 Wall St. examining average student loan debt in the 50 states.

Income taxes make up 19% of total state, local levies in Illinois, study finds

State income tax revenues in Illinois represent 19 percent of its total state and local levies, according to a new study by the Tax Foundation.

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