Remember when Illinois Banned Branch Banking?

Topic: Finance Issue: Branch Banking in Illinois There was a period in Illinois history where banks could not freely establish branches at different locations, suppressing bank expansion and limiting consumers to only their local community bank to suffice financial needs. Illinois’ Constitution in 1870 prohibited branch banking unless the General Assembly voted by a three-fifthsContinue reading “Remember when Illinois Banned Branch Banking?”

Illinois’ Sales Tax Structure

The State’s Tax Reliance on Goods Overview The State of Illinois primarily taxes goods as opposed to services. Currently, the state taxes 17 services with 12 coming from public utilities. This narrow base is poor to adapting to changing in the economic climate because it becomes overly dependent on taxes from only a few services belonging toContinue reading “Illinois’ Sales Tax Structure”

Income Taxation in Illinois

The modern Illinois Constitution, adopted in 1970, sets forth a non-gradual structure where every individual pays the same base tax rate of 4.95 percent. This current rate of 4.95 percent was adopted by the General Assembly in 2017 and implemented beginning in 2018, up from the previous 3.75 percent. While different rate structures cannot beContinue reading “Income Taxation in Illinois”