Monday, September 10, 2012
Infuriated by new district maps in Illinois, Will County Republican officials and candidates signed a "declaration of independence," calling on voters to stop the "tentacles of Cook County" from reaching into Will County policy.
Area Republicans rallied Monday to declare independence from "the tentacles of Cook County and Chicago politics" reaching into Will County. The gesture was symbolic but served to fire up a crowd of well over 100 people as the Nov. 6 election nears. Last year, Illinois Democrats drew new state and congressional districts that Republicans say could remove any Will County representation in Congress. "We have to take back what's ours and make sure we stand up for it," said Dave Carlson, the Republican candidate for Will County state attorney. "To implement what we believe in, we need the voters' support in November." Want to blog about politics on Patch? Email firstname.lastname@example.org. Various elected officials and candidates for office spoke…
Sunday, April 15, 2012
It's always good to be caught up on state politics. Here's an easy guide to what happened this week.
Sunday, April 15, 2012
Editor's Note: This article was created by aggregating news articles from Illinois Statehouse News that were written by various Illinois Statehouse News reporters. SPRINGFIELD — A state representative was indicted on a federal bribery charge, officials in Washington, D.C., addressed Illinois' fiscal troubles, and warmer weather means road construction is under way from Chicago to Cairo. Rep. Derrick Smith indicted on bribery charge A federal grand jury indicted state Rep. Derrick Smith, D-Chicago, on a single federal bribery charge. Smith is accused of accepting $7,000 in exchange for writing a letter of support for a day care center he thought was seeking a $50,000 Early Childhood Construction Grant through the state's Capital Development…
Monday, October 3, 2011
The county's suit, announced Monday, is the latest in a series of legal action taken by entities including the Regional Transportation Authority and the nearby village of Lemont.
Editor's Note: On October 11, we added the video of the announcement from Cook County to the story. Channahon is facing a new round of civil charges and legal action stemming from a sales tax loophole that has some Chicago businesses routing their sales through satellite offices in the village. Following in the footsteps of the city of Chicago and the Regional Transportation Authority, Cook County has filed its own 12-count civil complaint alleging the village of Channahon and the city of Kankakee have been using a complex scheme to collect sales tax on purchases in which the bulk of the sale occurred outside of the communities and in Cook County. Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, who held a press conference Monday along with …
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Lemont was one of four municipalities that signed on as plaintiffs last week in a complaint alleging improper tax avoidance agreements in Channahon and Kankakee.
Lemont trustees formally agreed Monday to move forward with a Regional Transportation Authority lawsuit that claims the towns of Kankakee and Channahon are using shell offices to improperly divert $20 million in sales tax revenue each year. During its business meeting Monday night, the village board unanimously approved a resolution to become a plaintiff in the RTA complaint, which was filed Aug. 23 in Cook County Circuit Court. The lawsuit alleges that Kankakee and Channahon have benefited from a tax loophole that has some Chicago businesses routing their sales through satellite offices in municipalities with low sales tax rates. The result, according to a Chicago Tribune report, is that companies can sell products at a lower tax cost and…