The state took in over a billion dollars more in taxes than the prior year, thanks to an uptick in sales tax money. Personal income tax revenue also rose , but the amount coming from corporate income taxes dropped. It's something Jim Muschinske, a budget forecaster for the state, said was predicted.
"That was not unexpected. In fact, we actually did better this fiscal year than what was initially assumed back when the budget was passed," Muschinske said.
911 call centers are struggling to maintain services as more people ditch their landline phones for cell phones. That’s because wireless phone lines in Illinois are often taxed at a lower rate than landlines.
If you look at your cell phone bill, you’ll see that every line is charged $0.73 to support 911 emergency services. Ralph Caldwell, who’s the director of Champaign County’s call center, says the chunk of that tax the center receives isn’t high enough.
Occupy Peoria protestors were starting to assemble on Main Street one Saturday in October, when I was reading a magazine, eating an omelet and drinking coffee at a nearby café. A dad at an adjacent table looked out the window at the dozens of demonstrators, turned to his daughter, and said, “What are they complaining about? Half of the country pays no taxes at all!”