Rich may do more with this later -but if you want to get ahead of the curve- you can check out the details of the IL’s new taxes from the Capital Bill in these articles…
* Expect to pay more for candy, shampoo (Best Breakdown of new taxes)
* Here is a nice visual breakdown of the new taxes and fees
* Bellwood, East Dundee sales-tax rates top Chicago’s 10.25%
The 10.25 percent sales tax applied to general merchandise purchases in Chicago is one of the highest in the state, but it’s not the highest.
That distinction belongs to the sales-tax levies in west suburban Bellwood, where 11.5 percent is added to sales in two specially designated business development districts and 10.5 percent is added in the rest of the town.
* Support lacking in Springfield for video poker ban
* State retirees angry about dental insurance hikes
Retired state workers are angry, but Gov. Pat Quinn’s administration still plans to impose modest monthly premiums for retiree dental insurance beginning Oct. 1
The plan will save the state $12 million a year, officials say.[…]
Alka Nayyar, spokeswoman for Quinn’s Department of Central Management Services, said imposing dental premiums on retirees is “one of the many tough decisions the governor has had to make to help cut costs and get the state’s financial situation back on track.”
Until now, state retirees didn’t have to pay premiums for dental coverage. The new premiums — $11 monthly for members, $17 for a member and one dependent, and $19.50 for members plus two or more dependents — are the same amounts paid by active employees.
* New County Commissioner could be Named Today
After months of dealmaking , Cook County Commissioners are scheduled to meet tomorrow to overturn a veto of sales tax cut. But some political shuffling may leave them without the necessary votes.[…]
That’s because Commissioner Roberto Maldonado, who was one of the 14 votes to cut the sales tax, left the board for a seat on Chicago’s City Council.
Published reports say Democratic committeemen, led by the powerful Alderman Richard Mell, have plans to meet today behind closed doors to appoint Maldonado’s replacement. Just in time for tomorrow’s deadline to take on the veto.
* CPS Hit with Claims of Grade Inflation
* 1 in 5 Chicago Public High School teachers say they felt pressure to change grades last school year
Nearly a third of Chicago public high school teachers say they were pressured to change grades this past school year.
One in five report they actually raised a grade under such prodding.
And dozens of teachers — elementary and high school alike — say they believe someone changed their grades last year without their approval.
Those are the results of an unprecedented survey of more than 1,200 Chicago Teachers Union members conducted by the CTU and the Chicago Sun-Times in June and July.
* Union chief: Changing grades unfair to students, teachers
* CPS buses to be safer, greener
New technology makes it easier to track vehicles, tell where kids let off […]
Along with a $1 million federal program that will retrofit all older buses in CPS’ 1,600-bus fleet with clean-running technology in the next several months, the changes place the nation’s third-largest school system on the cutting edge of safety and green technology.
* Daley’s Mental Health Blunder (Video)
As regular readers may remember, the Chicago Department of Public Health’s new, high-tech billing system failed to submit bills to the state for six months last year. The resulting drop in reimbursements led the state to cut 2009 funding levels by $1.2 million. In turn, the city announced plans to shutter four of their 12 clinics. But when the origin of the funding shortfall came to light — thanks in large part to the reporting of the Chi-Town Daily News’s Alex Parker — the Daley administration suddenly redirected some stimulus cash to keep the clinics running.
Now, the city may once again be considering closing several clinics due to a $3 million drop in state funding. And as Parker reports today, Illinois Department of Human Services officials attribute the shortfall to the same billing problems.
* New inspector general pick a test for Daley
* Insurance protects taxpayers: Olympic organizers
Chicago’s bid team said it negotiated to move a $500 million “catastrophe” insurance policy to the front of the line of guarantees to be tapped. If that policy is exhausted, an additional $500 million in “umbrella” insurance will become available.
After that, planners could tap Game revenues to date or take out a line of credit based on $450 million projected revenues from the Games.
Only after that would organizers have to crack open city and state guarantees totaling $750 million, officials said. In addition, cancellation insurance is part of the complex plan.[…]
Also Friday, Chicago 2016 released data showing that the non-profit group has received $76.9 million, mostly from pledges and cash contributions from 1,500 individuals and organizations.
* Chicago’s Mt. Greenwood neighborhood to get TIF district
* Weis wants city to fight more suits against cops
* Illinois governor to unveil soldier portraits
* U.S., Illinois sue company for failing to install proper pollution controls
Edison International is based in Rosemead, California. Its Midwest Generation unit, based in Chicago, has been working with state officials to resolve pollution control issues for more than two years, Douglas McFarlan, a company spokesman, said.
After discussions with the state’s environmental protection agency, the company had already installed state-of-the-art mercury controls at its Joliet facility, according to a company press release issued last week.
Still, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan yesterday said the company was illegally emitting “massive amounts” of pollutants including sulfur dioxide.
Clean Air Act violations are punishable by fines of as much as $37,500 a day, depending on when they occur, according to the complaint.
* Towns fight back against Illinois American Water
* U of I Global Campus staff notified of layoffs
The University of Illinois has notified the staff of its online Global Campus program that they will be laid off.
Of the program’s 32 staffers, 20 will be laid off in six months and 12 will be laid off in one year. The employees were notified about three weeks ago. University spokesman Tom Hardy says the layoffs will be final after the September meeting of the board of trustees.
* Illinois bell tower rings again
* Insurers may reap $375 mil in ‘Cash for Clunkers’
* Argonne’s new center really computes
* Many local women bank on at-home businesses
* Free hunter safety courses available
* Jackson calls for investigation in Rockford death
* Study: More than half of children will engage in sexual behavior before 13