Trillions of Corporate Welfare In The U.S. Budget

by Stephen Moore | Illinois Conservative Examiner

If Republicans are going to get truly serious about cutting government spending, they are going to have to snip the umbilical cord from the Treasury to corporate America.  You can’t reform welfare programs for the poor until you’ve gotten Daddy Warbucks off the dole. Voters will insist on that — as well they should.

Federal budgetSo why hasn’t it happened? Why hasn’t the GOP pledged to end corporate welfare as we know it?

Part of the explanation is that too many have gotten confused about the difference between free-market capitalism and crony capitalism.

And part of the problem is corporate welfare that is so well hidden from public view in the budget that no one has really measured how big this mountain of giveaway cash to the Fortune 500 really is. Finding out is like trying to break into the CIA.

Until now. Open the Books, an Illinois-based watchdog group, has been scrupulously monitoring all federal grants, loans, direct payments and insurance subsidies flowing to individuals and companies.

Lowering Illinois Property Taxes Through Consolidation

Absurdly high property taxes demand bold reforms from Illinois lawmakers. New recommendations from a state task force show exactly what kind.

by Austin Berg

Illinois has the second-highest property taxes in the nation, but it’s likely the state will take the No. 1 spot in taxing homeowners very soon. For too many Illinois families, property taxes have become a second mortgage they can never pay off.

Elgin Township Property Tax Appeal Deadline

Elgin Township Property Tax Appeal Deadline – August 22

Elgin area property tax assessments were recently published in the newspaper as required by law. There is only a 30 day window every year to appeal your property assessment. Once this deadline is passed, the next opportunity will not be until next year. The deadline to appeal your 2016 assessment is August 22nd, 2016.

Your property tax assessment determines how much of the property tax levy you pay. Local governing bodies (i.e. schools, villages, park districts) request the taxes and your property assessment determines how large a share you pay.

Increased assessments and higher levies will increase your property tax bill.

To obtain assessment information about a property in Rutland Township, please contact the Rutland Township Assessor’s Office or visit the township assessor’s website. You can find a full directory of Kane County township assessors on this page of the Supervisor of Assessments website.

Taxpayers who believe their properties are over-assessed should first contact their township assessor, who developed the assessed valuation. If not satisfied after addressing the issue with the township assessor, taxpayers may file an assessment complaint with the Kane County Board of Review

To obtain complaint forms and a copy of the Rules and Procedures of the Kane County Board of Review, visit this page on the Kane County Assessments.org website or call 630-208-3818.

As mentioned above, the deadline to file 2017 assessment complaints for the properties within Rutland Township is Aug. 22, 2016.  No complaint for property in this township can be accepted after that date.