Tourism contributed $3 billion to Illinois in 2015. That's according to preliminary numbers released by the US Travel Association. Northern Illinois captured a decent portion of that money, but four counties in particular stand out.
At $458 million, Kane County captured the greatest share of tourist dollars. Lula Cassidy of the Greater St. Charles Convention and Visitors Bureau says the area benefits from many Chicago visitors. St. Charles in particular makes up half of the county’s hotel tax receipts.
Officials with the Teacher’s Retirement System made a decision today that could add another $421 million to Illinois’ annual pension costs.
After more than an hour of listening to actuaries explain why the teacher pension fund isn’t earning as much off its investments as it used to, TRS board member Andrew Hirshman tried explaining it using medical terms instead of math.
Officials say they will replace water fountains and pipes used for drinking water for preschoolers and kindergartners in Waukegan School District 60 after high lead levels were found.
The Lake County News-Sun reports that the decision came after a study initially found 10 percent of the district's water sources had lead levels greater than 15 parts per billion, which is the action level set by the U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency for drinking water. All water sources at the action level will be removed or replaced regardless of location.
A divided Illinois Supreme Court has ruled a voter referendum seeking to change the system Illinois uses to draw political boundaries is unconstitutional, meaning it can't appear on the November ballot.
The ruling Thursday affirms a Cook County judge's decision that the proposal doesn't meet constitutional muster.