Out of school districts in East Central Illinois, Shelbyville Community Unit School District 4 paid the most in penalties since 2005 for spiking employee salaries to boost outgoing teachers' retirement benefits, according to data obtained from the Teacher Retirement System of Illinois.
With an effective property tax rate of 3.64 percent, Bureau County has the highest tax rate among Illinois counties, according to an ATTOM Data Solutions analysis of property taxes levied on single-family homes.
Dan Caulkins thinks Illinois Democrats moving to re-elect House Speaker Mike Madigan (D-Chicago) as chairman of the state Democratic Party should effectively serve as an endorsement for the re-election of Gov. Bruce Rauner.
At Larry's Barber College in Chicago, 40.3 percent of borrowers who started repaying student loans in 2014 defaulted on those loans by the end of 2016, according to a Higher Education Tribune analysis of the latest disclosure from the U.S. Department of Education.