The DeKalb County Board approved a $77.3 million budget at the November meeting, after a lengthy debate. The final vote was 15-8 in favor to pass the budget.
Today, the unfunded pension liability in Illinois exceeds $100 billion. From last year to this year, our required pension payment increased by $936 million. We now spend more than 20 percent of general revenue – more than $6 billion per year, or nearly as much as we spend on all K-12 education across the state – on the pension payment.
Christmas carols have been on my mind this week.
At the November meeting of the LaSalle County Board, the 2014 budget and levy were passed. At a little more than $23 million, the tax levy is the same as last year’s, but to reach it, the tax rates for county residents may increase.
Ok, I’ll admit I don’t know a lot about sports. I know enough to keep up my end of the conversation when talking basketball or baseball, though I don’t follow either; I do love hockey but, try as I might, cannot get into football.
What do the holidays mean to you?
Designing. Brainstorming. Building. Innovating. Computing. Traveling. Working with a global team. Making a difference.
There’s a running argument in my family over what constitutes “violence” in entertainment.
Illinois residents responded to Daylight Savings Time and turned their clocks back an hour. Your legislators returned to Springfield for the final session of 2013. The state would be so much better off if each senator and state representative would return to a time when we paid our bills, found issues both parties agreed on and were honest about how politics really work in Illinois. It can happen if each of those elected to represent you truly want it to happen. They will if you demand it.
Monday Nov. 11 was Veterans Day, and I hope you had the opportunity to speak with a veteran. This day was designated to remember the end of a world conflict, but has evolved into an opportunity to thank people who serve in the armed forces and defend our freedoms.
As I come into my new role as the editor of your Valley Life, it feels both new and like a strange sort of homecoming.
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