Given Illinois state government's inability to pay its bills, it's no wonder that voter distrust of state government is on the rise, as a new survey finds. But the survey revealed a few hopeful signs, too.
Illinois Comptroller Dan Hynes says that a tax amnesty program designed to allow residents to pay back taxes without penalty hasn't yet proved
the boon to the state's balance sheet as hoped. In fact, Hynes' office
has lowered its initial estimate for how much revenue the program will
If you haven't paid your taxes recently, you're in luck. On Friday, Illinois plans to roll out its 2010 tax amnesty plan.
Delinquent taxpayers will have five weeks -- from October 1 to November
8 -- to pay the state unpaid back taxes accrued between July 2002 to
July 2009 without facing fines.
Cook County property tax bills will be mailed
around November 22, one month later than last year. Potential voters
won't see the tax bills, which could include a request for a property
tax hike, until after Election Day. Independent candidate for Cook
County Assessor Forrest Claypool has accused Democratic nominee Joseph
Berrios -- a tax appeals board member -- of intentionally slowing down
the process to avoid bad headlines.