Illinois Has No Budget, So Where Do State Tax Dollars Go, Anyway?

“This Curious City question starts with a kind of double-barreled observation: Even without a budget, Illinois is still collecting taxes.

Let’s unpack that: Without a budget …. Illinois has not had a budget since June 2015. That’s more than nine months.

But it is true: … Illinois is still collecting taxes. In fact, we’ve chosen to answer this question during the very week that tax returns are due.

So the question itself, about our tax dollars, is especially timely:

Where do those dollars go, and what, if anything, are they funding?”

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