Illinois Treasurer Mike Frerichs is keeping secret the results of an investigation into his predecessor.
Former Treasurer Dan Rutherford’s political career imploded after an employee accused him of sexual harassment and political intimidation.
Rutherford, a Republican, denied the allegations and hired a former IRS investigator to look into the charges. He said he’d release the results of that $27,000 investigation — taxpayer funded — but later backtracked, citing the advice of attorneys to keep it secret.
The Illinois Department of Revenue has new rules this year to target the collection of sales taxes from out-of-state businesses.
The new rules that took effect January 1st expand the definition of out-of-state retailers who must register in Illinois and collect sales taxes.
Lawmakers revised the rules last year after the state Supreme Court ruled previous rules singled out online sellers, which violated federal laws. The new rules dropped the word “Internet” and now cover catalog, mail-order and similar retailers, along with online sellers.
During his campaign, Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner continually blamed "union bosses" for contributing to the state's financial woes.
Now he's making direct appeals to workers.
It wasn't just the campaign; during his inaugural address, Rauner touched again on what labor leaders consider an anti-union theme. He said Illinois has an ethical crisis because taxpayers “see government union bosses negotiating sweetheart deals across the table from governors they've spent tens of millions of dollars to help elect."
Youth voter turnout didn’t see any huge changes in northern Illinois...for the most part.
Youth voters between ages 18 and 35 typically make up about 10 to 13 percent of the ballots cast in the U.S. Those statistics still apply within the northern part of the state for the last general election in November. DeKalb County’s youth voters made up about 15 percent of the total ballots cast in the county. Winnebago County’s young voters made up only about one percent of the total.
Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner reversed the appointments of more than a hundred people from the previous governor. That’s leading to uncertainty about who will head several state groups.
The governor gets to appoint people to lead state agencies, like those that control the highways. And he can appoint people to state boards - like those that control whether or not Chicago gets a casino.
Hundreds of people could be out of those jobs, even though Rauner could end up putting them right back where they were.