Effingham is one of several Illinois counties considering a 1-cent sales tax in next month's election, but freshman Rep. Blaine Wilhour (R-Beecher City) recently told a local newspaper that the state needs to do a better job funding school districts.
Sate Rep. Brad Halbrook (R-Shelbyville) thinks new Gov. J.B. Pritzker's moving to gift senior members of his staff with a 15 percent pay raise while also doubling the salaries for his top 20 staffers as one of his first acts of governance amounts to a smack in the face to taxpayers.
State Rep.-elect Chris Miller of Oakland points to news that just over 19,000 state retirees received pension benefits totaling nearly $2.4 billion in fiscal year 2018 as yet another example of how taxpayers are victimized in Illinois.
Illinois's outgoing Republican governor saw a few of his vetoes overridden during the Fall Veto Session in Springfield and a few new laws have been passed, a QUAD city area lawmaker said in a summary recap released last week.