Rita Crundwell's quarter horse breeding and showing empire came crashing down in 2012 when the largest municipal theft in U.S. history was uncovered. The Dixon comptroller and treasurer had financed her own enterprise with $53.7 million in taxpayer money.
Extensive flooding has prompted Gov. Bruce Rauner to proclaim Carroll, Henry, Jo Daviess, Ogle, Rock Island, Stephenson and Whiteside counties as disaster areas, according to Rep. Tom Demmer (R-Rochelle).
Gov. Bruce Rauner recently added several key communication personnel to his team, further shaking up his staff following a major political defeat when the Illinois General Assembly overrode his vetoes on a budget and spending plan.
While every state around it continues to grow in population and prosperity, Illinois keeps shrinking under the strain of higher taxes and more regulations, Michael Lucci, vice president of policy for the Illinois Policy Institute, said in an article on the institute's website.
Public sector employees and retirees could accept less than their constitutionally protected pensions if they understand it's them or public education, an economist said during an appearance on a recent Chicago-based radio show.