Even without the increases in the Illinois gas tax now being proposed by state lawmakers, Illinois has the 10th highest state gas taxes in the nation, according to July 2018 numbers from the Washington-based Tax Foundation.
The state legislature adjourned before taking action on Senate Bill 1597, which would require Illinois consumers to pay a 5 cent fee for every single-use paper or plastic bag, but similar proposals are being considered at the county and local levels.
Speaker Michael Madigan (D-Chicago) contributed $21.1 million to 30 state House races this election cycle, including $3,445,351 to 22 fellow Democrats in the week leading up to Tuesday’s general election.
With less than a week left before voters go to the polls, Kankakee State House candidate Lisa Dugan received another $135,858 from Illinois House Speaker and Democrat Party Chief Michael Madigan (D-Chicago) between Oct. 18 and Oct. 26, state filings show.
The political arm of Illinois’ largest abortion provider, Planned Parenthood, has already spent nearly $600,000 this year across 24 competitive state House and Senate races, according to filings with the Illinois State Board of Elections (ISBE).
Kankakee’s Interim Police Chief Price Dumas resigned on Aug. 17 after he allegedly used the Illinois State Police’s L.E.A.D.S. database to search for individuals who had been outspoken against Kankakee’s Mayor Chasity Wells-Armstrong.
After several articles about alleged disqualifications of six out of seven KMRA Directors, an attorney hired by the city of Kankakee wrote a memorandum on the subject. Watchdog responds to that memo in three parts.