(CHICAGO) Postal workers and their supporters spent part of the Columbus Day holiday protesting what they see as a White House push to make the U.S. Postal Service private. In Chicago yesterday, workers rallied near a downtown post office, carrying signs reading “U.S. Mail, Not For Sale” and “We Belong To The People, Not Corporate America.” It was earlier this year that the President established a task force to study why the Postal Service is losing money, indicating that a restructuring plan may be needed to prevent a taxpayer-funded bailout. Out in Washington, D.C., an American Postal Workers Union official said that privatization would mean less service and higher costs to taxpayers all across the United States.
(SPRINGFIELD) Governor Bruce Rauner has announced the 96 percent of all K-12 school districts in Illinois can now access the internet at speeds of 100 kilobits per second (kbps), a substantial improvement from 71 percent of the state’s school districts just three years ago. However, more work is needed. A recent report shows that just over 407,000 students in at least 32 school districts in Illinois still need adequate bandwidth for digital learning, plus there are 136 school campuses that still lack scalable fiber-optic broadband connections. For more details, go online at www.isbe.net/Pages/Broadband-Information.
(SPRINGFIELD) The Illinois Department of Revenue (IDOR) is inviting taxpayers to explore the new look of its redesigned website, at www.tax.illinois.gov. The new mobile-friendly website features simplified site navigation and enhanced functionality to provide businesses, tax professionals, and the public easier access to the information needed most. The IDOR’s new website also features a drop-down menu system at the top of every page, better accessibility, and real-time traffic-driven listings showing users what questions, forms, and tax types are currently garnering wide interest. That’s at www.tax.illinois.gov.