For Some Kane County Residents, Paying Property Taxes A Laughing Matter

Property taxes are due in Kane County Tuesday, and while it’s an unpleasant day for some, there are also a few laughs.


Illinois State Police decal. (CBS)

2 Investigators: State Police Retirees Draw Six-Figure Pensions

Retire at 50 and collect more than $100,000 a year – that’s the plan for a special group of state workers. CBS 2’s Pam Zekman reports.


An election worker helps US President Barack Obama as he completes early voting on October 25, 2012 at the Martin Luther King Community Center in Chicago. AFP PHOTO/Mandel NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Walter’s Perspective: Obama’s Voting Stunt An Expensive One

It was a good photo opportunity: President Obama returning to his hometown to cast an early ballot. CBS 2’s Walter Jacobson has a problem with it, though.


Parking Meter Pay Box

Business Interests To Pay For Lost Parking Meter Revenue At NATO Summit

Business interests that pledged money to cover the costs of the NATO Summit are going to have to pay the Chicago’s parking meter lease company.

CBS Chicago–05/30/2012

Mayor Rahm Emanuel

Emanuel Insists Taxpayers Won’t Pay For NATO Summit

Mayor Rahm Emanuel is reassuring Chicago taxpayers that they won’t be stuck with the bill for all the activity, security and disruptions that will occur around the NATO Summit the weekend of May 19.

CBS Chicago–05/01/2012

Money (CBS)

Report Claims Illinois Has Lost $26 Billion In Taxable Income Since 1995

A conservative think tank says the population exodus from Illinois to other states since the mid-1990s has cost the state $26 billion in taxable income.

CBS Chicago–12/21/2011

Photo Of $20 And $10 Bills. (AP Photo)

State Education Department Employees Awarded Back Travel Pay

Illinois taxpayers could find themselves on the hook for the hours that state education employees spent traveling.

CBS Chicago–12/21/2011

Rahm Emanuel discusses early childhood education rating system. (Credit: Craig Dellimore/WBBM Newsradio)

Emanuel: Better Use Of City’s Grant Money Could Save Taxpayers $20M

Mayor Rahm Emanuel is announcing budget reforms that will ensure federal and state grants are spent in full, and thus, taxpayers are saved money.

CBS Chicago–10/06/2011

Illinois State Capitol

Watchdog: State Lawmakers’ Commutes Cost Taxpayers Millions

The Illinois Policy Institute, a government watchdog group, says Illinois state legislators could save the taxpayers lots of money on their personal expenses.

CBS Chicago–08/11/2011

Empty Classroom

Report: Severance For School Superintendents Costing Millions

Big severance packages paid to school superintendents have cost Illinois taxpayers millions of dollars over the last decade, according to a published report.

CBS Chicago–07/18/2011

Cook County Treasurer Maria Pappas

Cook County Taxpayers May Be On Hook For $108 Billion In Debt

A report from Cook County Treasurer Maria Pappas claims taxpayers countywide are on the hook for more than $108 billion in debt accrued by various government agencies.

WBBM Newsradio–06/22/2011

Prison fence

Report: Wrongful Convictions Cost Taxpayers A Fortune

Wrongful convictions not only cost prisoners their lives, but also cost taxpayers a fortune, according to a new investigation.

CBS Chicago–06/20/2011

Toni Preckwinkle chairs her first Cook County Board meeting

Preckwinkle To Face Taxpayers In Palatine

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle faces taxpayers in Palatine tonight.

CBS Chicago–04/11/2011

City Hall

Inspector General Questions Savings From Furlough Days

The city’s Budget director is taking issue with an Inspector General’s report accusing the Daley Administration of overstating how much it is saving through employees’ unpaid furlough days.

WBBM Newsradio–02/16/2011

Monique Davis Office

Taxpayers Might Have To Pay State Rep’s Bills

Taxpayers could be left footing the bill in a costly legal battle involving a Chicago state representative.

CBS Chicago–01/17/2011

Costco Warehouse (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Homeowners Disgruntled Over Tax Break Proposal For Costco

Did you get a break on your property taxes this year? Probably not. But the big box retailer, Costco, could be getting a big break on their property taxes in Chicago. CBS 2’s Mike Parker reports that some homeowners are exactly cheering that.


Walter Jacobson

Walter’s Perspective: Wrigley Field Renovations

Taxpayers on the hook for Wrigley Field renovations? Walter Jacobson thinks it could happen, and he’s not happy about it. Why some quick wheeling and dealing in Springfield could cost you plenty.

CBS 2–11/16/2010