Treasurer Maria Pappas Analysis Shows Record-High Property Tax Increases for South Suburban Homeowners
Lawndale News
by Editor
2w ago
Homeowners in many south and southwest suburbs will have to pay a lot more in property taxes as the median tax bill jumped a record 19.9 percent in the region, according to an analysis released by Cook County Treasurer Maria Pappas. The biggest increases in homeowners’ tax bills occurred in 15 south suburbs where taxes soared 30 percent or more. Of those 15 suburbs, 13 have mostly Black populations. In two towns, Dixmoor and Phoenix, the median tax bill more than doubled. A research team created by Pappas released its Tax Year 2023 Bill Analysis, a detailed examination of nearly 1.8 million b ..read more
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City of Chicago Issues Proclamation for ‘Chicago Workers’ Rights Week’
Lawndale News
by Editor
2w ago
This morning, Mayor Brandon Johnson issued a proclamation declaring this work week, June 24-28, “‘Chicago Workers’ Rights Week” to bring attention to upcoming labor law changes. An increased minimum wage, the first increase in the sub-minimum wage, and a new City of Chicago Paid Time Off policy will all go into effect on Monday, July 1. Every July 1, Chicago’s minimum wage increases per the Minimum Wage Ordinance. Beginning July 1, 2024:   • The minimum wage will be $16.20.     • The minimum wage for subsidized youth employment programs, and subsidized transition ..read more
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Illinois gas tax rises to 47 cents a gallon July 1
Lawndale News
by Editor
2w ago
Courtesy of Illinois Policy Institute Illinois’ second-highest in the nation gas taxes will go up again July 1 as the state motor fuel tax hits 47 cents per gallon. That means the average driver in Illinois will pay $184 more in state gas taxes each year than before Gov. J.B. Pritzker doubled the tax in 2019, according to the Illinois Policy Institute. Gas tax hikes disproportionately affect middle- and lower-income families as they give up the greatest share of their household budgets for gasoline. Overall, Illinois has the seventh-most expensive retail gas price in the nation, with all ..read more
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Yollocalli Arts Center Groundbreaking Ceremony Marks New Era
Lawndale News
by Editor
2w ago
By: Ashmar Mandou A pool of community leaders, including Mayor Brandon Johnson, Congressman Jesús “Chuy” García, Commissioner George Cardenas, and NMMA President Emeritus Carlos Tortolero, to name a few joined together for the groundbreaking ceremony for the Yollocalli Arts Reach Center on Friday, June 21st in Little Village. “We celebrate the expansion of the National Museum of Mexican Arts flagship youth program, ensuring more opportunities and resources for young people. There is a great work being done by Yollocalli, and we are thrilled to support them in their support of our communities ..read more
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CPS Students Open Books and Minds Through Summer Reading
Lawndale News
by Editor
2w ago
As Chicago Public Schools’ students enjoy another week of summer vacation, officials are reminding families and students of the many summer reading and literacy programs and resources across the city. Opening a book is another way to keep minds open and ready to learn when school resumes on August 26th. The CPS Department of Literacy is committed to supporting teachers and schools in providing literacy instruction to every CPS student that builds on students’ lived experiences, capitalizes on their cultural and linguistic assets, and requires students to reason deeply and problem solve creati ..read more
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Summer Meals Available for Chicago Public Schools Students
Lawndale News
by Editor
2w ago
Chicago Public Schools (CPS) launched its summer meal programs next week to ensure students continue to have access to free, nutritious meals during the summer months. The summer meals and LunchStop programs will be offered at hundreds of school locations throughout the District, including all summer program locations. Meals will be available at outdoor LunchStop locations across the District. Indoor meals are available based on when individual schools host their summer programs on varying dates. Students who participate in summer programs, or who live in the area served by the summer program ..read more
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Saint Anthony Hospital Providing Relief to Community Members Most in Need During Record Heat
Lawndale News
by Editor
2w ago
Saint Anthony Hospital gave out nearly 2,000 water bottles per day to keep West and Southwest side residents hydrated during this record heatwave in Chicago. Utilizing a refrigerated trailer to bring water to the most vulnerable populations, Saint Anthony Hospital is trying to do its part by visiting shelters, community centers, and tent encampments in its service area.  “Unfortunately, there are a lot of people, including many of our own patients, that don’t have access to air conditioning or cold water, and it makes this weather not only extremely uncomfortable, but also very dangerous ..read more
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Gov. Pritzker Signs SB1, Creating the Department of Early Childhood
Lawndale News
by Editor
2w ago
Governor JB Pritzker joined elected officials, early childhood advocates, and education leaders to sign Senate Bill 0001 into law, officially establishing Illinois’ new Department of Early Childhood. The new state agency, first proposed by Governor Pritzker in October 2023, will focus exclusively on early childhood programs and services for young children, improving equity and accessibility for families and caregivers. Currently, services for young children are housed in three separate agencies: the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE), the Illinois Department of Human Services (DHS) and ..read more
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CTA and Cigna Healthcare Open First of Two Wellness Fitness Centers at CTA University
Lawndale News
by Editor
2w ago
The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) and Cigna Healthcare have partnered to open the first of two new wellness fitness centers as part of a pilot program to help CTA employees make progress in achieving their fitness goals. “We are pleased to offer these mini fitness centers to our employees, allowing them the ability to work on their health and fitness goals,” said CTA President Dorval R. Carter, Jr. “The wellness of our employees is critical, and we extend our gratitude to Cigna Healthcare for helping provide the tools that allow our employees to carve out time for their health and wellness ..read more
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Column: Your Property Taxes with Cook County Treasurer Maria Pappas
Lawndale News
by Editor
3w ago
You may be owed a refund for overpaying property taxes during past 20 years By Maria Pappas My office is sitting on about $93 million in potential refunds for property tax overpayments going back 20 years. Most overpayments occurred because more than one person paid the same tax bill twice. Reasons why duplicate payments occurred include: • Both the property owner and the property owner’s mortgage company paid the property tax bill; • Both spouses paid the property tax bill without telling the other; and • Two or more mortgage companies, banks or title companies paid the same taxes during a pr ..read more
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