Public finance watchdog warns Illinois taxpayers about reports from credit rating agencies

A public finance watchdog said a recent credit rating outlook change for Illinois may be good for bondholders, but it’s not necessarily good for taxpayers.

Here’s a link to the story at Illinois News Network.

Report: Americans rack up ‘shocking’ $1 trillion in credit card debt

Americans have accumulated more than $1 trillion in credit card debt, and that number will increase by tens of billions of dollars this year, according to a report by the consumer finance site WalletHub .

Here’s a link to the story at the Illinois News Network.

Illinois state lawmaker indicted on embezzlement charge

An Illinois state senator accused of embezzling nearly $275,000 from a labor union said Friday that his indictment was based on false claims by a former Teamsters boss who recently pleaded guilty to extortion.

Here’s a link to the story at Illinois News Network.

Advocacy group warns tax increases could be needed to pay for Illinois government pensions

A taxpayer advocacy group is touring parts of Illinois highlighting what it said are lavish public sector pensions in an effort to spur change.

Here’s a link to the story at Illinois News Network.

Pritzker signs film tax credit to encourage TV, movie production in Illinois

Illinois’ governor and a Hollywood producer don’t want a corruption scandal involving a union boss and a film production house to dim the lights of making pictures in the Windy City.

Here’s a link to the story at Illinois News Network.

Pritzker signs bill to create bipartisan Property Tax Relief Task Force

A task force to find property tax relief for Illinoisans who pay the second-highest property tax in the nation is expected to come up with a plan by the end of the year.

Here’s a link to the story at Illinois News Network.

Family of Drew Peterson’s ex-wife seeks to resurrect wrongful death lawsuit against convicted ex-Bolingbrook cop

Attorneys for the family of Drew Peterson’s slain third wife are asking a Will County judge to reconsider his April decision to dismiss a wrongful death lawsuit against the former Bolingbrook police sergeant.

Here’s a link to the story at the Chicago Tribune.

Boycott planned over Du Quoin State Fair band cancellation amid broader debate

CARBONDALE — Southern Illinois is at the center of a national conversation about the First Amendment after the country rock band Confederate Railroad was removed from the Du Quoin State Fair’s grandstand lineup last week, apparently over their use of the name and symbols of the Confederacy.

Here’s a link to the story at the Southern Illinoisan.

DCFS investigator under review in AJ Freund case faced prior discipline, sits on McHenry County Board

The last child welfare investigator who made contact with Andrew “AJ” Freund before the young Crystal Lake boy was allegedly killed by his parents is a local elected official with a history of workplace complaints and a recent suspension, according to documents reviewed by the Tribune.

Here’s a link to the story at the Chicago Tribune.

Illinois state employees approve 4-year deal with raises

A union representing thousands of Illinois state workers says its members have approved a four-year contract that offers lump-sum payments and a series of raises.

Here’s a link to the story at the Southern Illinoisan.

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