A real 'balanced budget' in Illinois?

Sheila Weinberg's op-ed in the Chicago Tribune counters lawmakers' claims of a "balanced budget." Read now.

Where is Illinois' annual report?

We called the Illinois Comptroller's Office to find out when the extremely tardy comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR) will be released. Watch now.

How much are city taxpayers on the hook for?

Our new City Combined Taxpayer Burden report analyzes the finances of each city, its county, state, and underlying government units. View now.

US Published National Debt


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Each Taxpayer's Share: $770,000

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