Statewide update—Feb. 22, 2011

Daily HeraldIllinois among leaders in total school districts, “Illinois, which has 868 school districts, has far more than the two states closest to it in population. Pennsylvania has 501 school districts and Ohio operates 610, according to numbers from those states.”

  • Daily HeraldConflict concern in Ela township, “One of John Barrington’s duties as Ela Township assessor is to estimate market values for most property for tax purposes. His wife’s job is to challenge those numbers and get them reduced for her clients. When she does, she collects a commission.”
  • Chicago TribunePower company holds off on cleaning up Chicago-area coal plans, “In recently filed documents, Midwest Generation signaled it might delay installing pollution controls at its six coal-fired power plants ‘for the maximum time available,’ making it more likely the aging units will keep churning out high levels of lung- and heart-damaging soot for most of the decade.”
  • Belleville News Democrat—Belleville man’s second appeal to stop Walmart TIF fails, “A Belleville man’s second appeal to stop the taxpayer incentives for a Belleville Walmart Supercenter development failed. The 5th District Appellate Court in Mount Vernon on Feb. 7 affirmed St. Clair County Circuit Judge Lloyd Cueto’s September 2009 ruling that the land was blighted, qualifying it for tax increment financing.”
  • Peoria Journal StarDecatur model a TIF option, “The East Village Growth Cell, unlike the city’s other TIF districts, focuses on residential properties and would be designed to generate additional property tax revenues for home repairs such as new roofing, siding, porches, windows, driveways, etc.”
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