(SPRINGFIELD) As part of an ongoing effort to streamline government and avoid wasteful spending, Governor Bruce Rauner yesterday issued an executive order abolishing nineteen (19) boards and commissions that have been inactive for five years or more. While the move eliminates some entities that were created for a special, but temporary purpose which has been fulfilled, others are being abolished because they are redundant with other units of state government. Over the years, either by statute or executive order, the state of Illinois has created more than six hundred (600) authorities, boards, councils, commissions, task forces, and other similar entities. The action taken by the Governor yesterday is the first step in a plan to eliminate more than one hundred (100) such entities in the months ahead here in 2018.
(SPRINGFIELD) The nation’s tax deadline is April 17th, now nearly two weeks away. Both the Internal Revenue Service and the Illinois Department of Revenue are still reminding taxpayers that filing their tax returns electronically and requesting direct deposit into a checking or savings account is the most secure way to receive a tax refund. For state details, go to www.tax.illinois.gov or for federal info, www.irs.gov.