Although Carole Griffin Ruzich told Suburban Chicagoland she never voted to raise property taxes during her years as a trustee on the Orland Park Village Board, the public record tells a different story
Herbert Hebein, a retired Chicago police officer and GOP state House candidate in District 35, said a vote for his opponent, state Rep. Frances Ann Hurley (D-Mt. Greenwood), would continue the same broken system.
If the process of assessing Chicago property taxes is “opaque,” as the Illinois Policy Institute states, one thing is becoming increasingly clear: allowing aldermen to serve as property tax attorneys may be a conflict of interest.
The U.S. Supreme Court's ruling this weak overturning a decades-old decision allowing unions to charge non-members for lobbying seems to belong a world away, ideologically, from the one in 1977 that said such fees were constitutional.
News that the Village of Glencoe has cross-trained all its emergency response staff, and can now use a single fund for police and firefighter retirement benefits raises the question about whether other communities have attempted similar consolidation.