National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency chief again signals that putting the western headquarters anywhere but in North St. Louis will not happen on his watch. Some honesty about it now being an urban renewal project would be refreshing. A public forum Friday is still a chance to protect tax dollars.
Lots of people came out to support boosting the St. Clair County Township road budget, but the message is open to interpretation. People want ditches cleared and potholes filled as economically as possible. They don’t necessarily care how many workers the township has, as long as the job gets done.
Caseyville trustees claimed they didn’t have enough information to close the Rodeway Inn as a nuisance business after it was raided and then the owner was charged with pimping and soliciting a minor. Good thing this decision rests with the courts and not the elected leaders.
Decriminalizing marijuana is another step on the agenda to legalize it for recreational use. Yet the more you condone, the more boundaries people will push and the more sobering the social problems we all must face.
Local trucking companies told Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner how much cheaper it would be doing business in a neighboring state. Business and workers are mobile, and failing to create the right job climate just helps them to move away.
Federal money to offset the cost of being unable to tax Scott Air Force Base while needing to educate service members’ children is in jeopardy in Mascoutah. In the past decade the school district shifted heavily to property taxes and it appears that shift will continue.
The Illinois congressional delegation is asking for two investigations of the study that put North St. Louis ahead of the Scott Air Force Base site for the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. Security needs to be the primary issue, but cost and the cost of delay must rank higher than last place.
Coal is being dealt more major blows, and 122 local power plant workers are among the latest victims in Illinois. Clean Air Act regulations and cheap natural gas mean Illinois coal’s future is dim and getting dimmer.
State workers’ largest union rallies today to push for an override to Gov. Bruce Rauner’s veto of House Bill 580. The bill would let an arbitrator pick between Rauner’s proposed cuts to the union contract and the union’s demand for $3 billion more in pay and benefits.
O’Fallon’s bidding process for two air conditioning jobs may have been frugal, but local contractors who pay local taxes should have had a shot at that $188,335 worth of work. For Mayor Gary Graham to play it off as a minor matter being whipped up by a political opponent adds insult to injury.
The decision by July 1 to eliminate a courtroom in Collinsville will save $300,000 in needed renovations for a room used once a week. The decision to put a $40,000 clerk in there five days a week is a luxury that online services can replace.
Illinois is again trying to reform the school funding formula, but first lawmakers should agree to honestly, fully fund the minimum promised. Revamping the formula can wait until careful study, compromise is reached.
When a driver was too intent on a fast food meal to notice an Illinois State Police trooper stopped on the interstate, both the driver and trooper would up in the hospital. Maybe distracted driving is the next cause for our state’s lead motorist to tackle.
Fairmount Park is being slowly starved to death by a state that got its gambling start by betting on the ponies. Too much competition and too little willingness in Springfield to let the horse race track find new money will eventually kill it.
The federal government refused to allow the pension system for the Teamsters to cut benefits, but the system is stil expected to be bankrupt in 10 years. The feds’ Plan B for pensions is also deeply in the red, requiring Plan C?
Collinsville City Councilwoman Cheryl Brombolich is suing her own city for $225,000, claiming to be a victim of a vendetta. She quit her city job as her personal purchases on city accounts were being investigated. Maybe the ethics in government class would be a wise use of time.
Most of Illinois’ congressional delegation is working hard to reverse the decision to put the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency in North St. Louis. If they fail, they owe it to taxpayers to withhold construction funds until the St. Louis environmental costs are known.
The political leaders who say tax increment financing districts do not add to the tax burden are either dishonest or deluding themselves. St. Clair County property tax bills included a small insert showing the districts took $44 million last year from taxpayers.
Mother’s Day is a $21.4 billion flurry of jewelry, brunch, flowers and cards, but maybe the money Mom most needs to see is in her paycheck. Two-thirds of new moms work, but women still earn 30 percent less than men.