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Analysis: Illinois House members rank 20th most frugal on spending votes

Compared to other states, the U.S. House delegation from Illinois ranked 20th lowest in spending based on how they voted on key fiscal measures, according to a new analysis by the Coalition to Reduce Spending.

Analysis: Illinois ranks 9th worst on unemployment insurances taxes

Illinois finished 42nd in a new study by the Tax Foundation ranking which states have the most business-friendly unemployment insurance tax structures.

Analysis: California, New York, D.C. have most progressive income taxes

California, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey and Washington, D.C., ranked among the U.S. jurisdictions with the most progressive individual income tax systems, according to a recent Tax Foundation analysis.

Analysis: Illinois ranked 41st most affected by government shutdown

Illinois ranked No. 41 among the District of Columbia and the 50 states in a recent analysis by on how they were affected by the 35-day partial shutdown of the federal government.

Analysis: Chicago ranks 2nd among largest U.S. cities lacking funds to pay debts.

Chicago ranks second worst among the 75 largest cities in the United States for the handling of its finances, according to a Truth in Accounting (TIA) analysis of municipal data released this month.

Illinois ranked No. 36 in 2019 business climate index

Illinois finished at No. 36 among the 50 states in the Washington-based Tax Foundation’s analysis of how states’ tax systems affect their ability to attract and retain businesses.

Analysis: Illinois posts 26th highest drop in food stamps participants

Illinois ranked No. 26 among 49 states and U.S. territories that saw reductions in food stamps participation, according to the latest numbers compiled by the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

Analysis: Illinois not on track to tax online sales

Illinois is not compliant with a U.S. Supreme Court decision outlining how states can go about requiring online retailers to collect sales taxes on products sold within their borders, according to an analysis by the Washington-based Tax Foundation.

Analysis: Illinois posted 33rd highest sales tax burden per person in 2018

Among the 45 states that levy sales taxes, Illinois ranked No. 33 for its per-capita sales tax collections, according to a Tax Foundation analysis of 2018 tax numbers.

Illinois posted 4th highest corporate income tax in 2018

Among the District of Columbia and the 44 states that levy corporate income taxes, Illinois ranked No. 4 for the top tax rate on business revenues, according to a Tax Foundation analysis of 2018 tax numbers.

Analysis: Illinois posted 9th lowest individual income tax rate in 2018

Illinois ranked No. 36 for its top individual income tax rate, according to a Tax Foundation analysis of 2018 tax numbers that tracked the District of Columbia and the 43 states that levy such taxes.

Illinois gets ‘F’ grade in analysis of states’ fiscal health

Illinois ranked No. 48 in a study of the state’s ability to pay all of its bills, including public employers’ pension benefits, according to a new ranking of the states’ fiscal health by Truth in Accounting (TIA).

Illinois gets score of 72 on financial transparency

Illinois earned subpar marks for its system of making annual budgetary data available to residents, according to a study by the Chicago-based policy institute Truth in Accounting (TIA).

Former Harvey alderman: 'I see the next great future area of Illinois in the South suburbs'

The city of Harvey’s financial woes have morphed into a national story line, much of it stemming from an ongoing pension debt crisis that now has the one-time thriving city synonymous with rising levels of budgetary recklessness and political corruption.

Deputy Gov. Munger named acting DCEO director

Gov. Bruce Rauner tapped Deputy Gov. Leslie Munger to lead the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) on an interim basis. Munger's first day on the job was Sept. 24.

Rauner declares harvest emergency

Gov. Bruce Rauner recently declared a harvest emergency for Illinois to help the state’s farmers and crop haulers better compete with surrounding states by easing weight limits for haulers with a free permit.

Illinois farmers permitted to grow cannabis for hemp products

Illinois will now permit growing cannabis for use in non-drug products like paper and fabrics, biodegradable plastics, health food and construction supplies.

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