Mayor Lori Lightfoot says Illinois lawmakers must pare back taxes or risk losing Chicago casino
Chicago’s mayor is warning the state’s high taxes on gambling could hurt the development of the industry.
Mayor Lori Lightfoot told Crain’s Chicago Business the taxes on gambling don’t make sense. Illinois lawmakers have banked spending plans on revenue from the addition of six new casinos, including one in Chicago.
Lightfoot said the startup costs, which include taxes and fees, need to be dialed back so that the Chicago casino can be profitable enough to attract investment.
Report finds Illinois’ roads deadlier in rural areas
Illinois residents in rural areas are more likely to die in car crashes than their more urban counterparts, according to an analysis of federal data.
The nonprofit Reason Foundation analyzed the vehicle fatality rate per 100 million vehicle miles traveled from 2016 federal data.
In Illinois, it found the urban road fatality rate was in the middle of the pack nationally, but the state's rural fatality rate was the 15th lowest in the nation.
Illinois ranks 24th happiest state in nation, analysis finds
Illinois lands in the middle of the pack of all states for happiness.
Consumer finance website WalletHub ranked the Land of Lincoln No. 24.
The rankings were based on emotional and physical wellbeing, work, community and environmental factors.