On Monday, June 13th at 11:30 am, in Woodstock (McHenry County) at the Treasurers' Building there will be major property tax protest. Mr. Dan Alyward and Mr. Jeff McGrath will be paying their first tax installments with $1 dollar bills. Mr. Alyward's tax bill is over 11,000 dollars. Between his home and business, Mr. McGrath pays over 34,000 dollars in property taxes. He is planing to sell out (if he can) and move both his residence and business to Wisconsin. Hundreds of citizen/taxpayers are expected to attend this property tax protest and support Mr. Alyward and Mr. McGrath. Please plan to attend and bring a friend. Note: Home owners in Illinois pay the highest property in the U.S. And home owners in McHenry County pay the highest property tax in Illinois.
To address the glut of local taxing bodies, Gov. Bruce Rauner in February 2015 issued an executive order that commissioned the Task Force on Local Government Consolidation and Unfunded Mandates to find ways to reduce the number of local government units in Illinois and provide homeowners with property tax relief.
At the DuPage County Mayors and Managers Conference in Oak Brook on Monday, the task force’s chairwoman, Lt. Gov. Evelyn Sanguinetti, in consultation with Northern Illinois University’s Center for Governmental Studies, presented Rauner with 27 recommendations outlined in a 400-page report she says could streamline local government efficiency, reduce costs to taxpayers and lower property tax rates. You can read the 27 point summary and the full report here: Summary / Full Report
Board Members Mary McCann and Michele Aavang are found to have violated voting rules during the October 6, 2015 board meeting. Through an appeal to the Attorney General their votes were successfully nullified. You can read further about the proceedings in the following three page report on the matter. Read Report...
Illinois has 20 township governments that have identical boundaries (coterminous) of a city government and should be abolished. These governments contain redundancies that would be eliminated under a singular city government system. Fewer redundancies will make the system more efficient which means lower tax bills and more money in your pocket.
Township Government in Illinois was established in the mid-1800's as a local government to serve a rural society of farmers and settlers. Now, in the 21st century, in an urban society, township government has become an extra layer of government and expense. Illinois township governments help make Illinois, with 7,000 governmental units, the state with the largest number of governments in the nation.
How Illinois' 7000 governments compare with neighboring states:
One of the ways to reduce the property tax burden would be to eliminate township government. Townships receive 94% of their revenues from property taxes (as compared to city government's 10% and county government's 40%).