With more units of government than any other state in the country, opportunity for corruption and waste is aplenty in Illinois. In at least one suburban Chicago township, some spending is downright illegal. On this edition of Illinois Rising, Joe Kaiser and Mark Cavers hear from DuPage Township Trustee Alyssia Benford on how she's shining a light on illegal expenditures in her township. Kaiser and Cavers also discuss how other areas of the state – namely Lake County – might duplicate Cook County's corrupt system for property tax appeals. And how is Illinois doing a year after lawmakers passed a massive, 32 percent income tax hike? The data is in, and it's not looking so great.
Homeownership and property taxes are two of the most urgent issues facing Chicago's South Suburban Communities. What are families and businesses experiencing? What role has Illinois' political culture played in this crisis? Former ABC7 political reporter and WVON morning drive host Charles Thomas, barber college owner Kenny Williams and former Riverdale Mayor Deyon Dean join host Jeff Coleman to discuss.
Cook County property taxpayers have been getting ripped off by Mike Madigan and Joe Berrios for decades, and it's starting to come to light more. On this edition of Illinois Rising, Dan Proft and Pat Hughes break down new investigative reports showing how the political class is scamming taxpayers. They also discuss the departure of Forrest Claypool from Chicago Public Schools, and a new Wall Street Journal editorial slamming Illinois for its financial recklessness.
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Cook County’s deeply corrupt property tax system, and its deeply corrupt Assessor Joe Berrios, made national news this week. The wealthy and politically-connected can buy property tax relief by hiring the right lawyer to appeal their tax bill. In fact, Assessor Joe Berrios encourages property owners to seek appeals. Pat Hughes explains in this week's Two Minute Warning.
Dan Proft joined WVON's Petri Small to discuss Illinois Opportunity Project's effort to get a 1% Property Tax Cap Advisory Referendum on the 2018 Ballot. Learn more about the initiative at defendhomeowners.com.
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Illinois has the highest property taxes in the nation. Cook and the collar counties know that especially well. On this edition of Against the Current, Dan Proft talks to Cook County Board of Review Commissioner Dan Patlak about Cook County's property tax system, its appeals process, and how Cook County differs from the rest of the state in terms of property taxes. They also discuss some of the drivers behind the county's ever-increasing property taxes, and ways to reform the system.
The average homeowner in Chicago will see their property taxes increase by another 10%. Do you have to hate your money to buy in Chicago? How will you respond: revolt or bolt? Dan & Amy discussed what you can do, other than move, with Cook Co. Board of Review Commissioner Dan Patlak. And Commissioner Patlak explained who we have to thank for this series of property tax hikes.