In this Feb. 23, 2009 file photo, Rebecca Brown begins her first three-song set of the evening at the Pink Monkey gentlemen's club in Chicago.

(Charles Rex Arbogast/AP)

April 16, 2014

Illinois Strip Club Tax Brings In Less Revenue

Illinois officials say a strip club tax has generated less than 40 percent of the money that was expected when the surcharge was approved.

pie chart of Illinois state spending

Courtesy, Illinois Comptroller

April 15, 2014

Here’s Where Your Illinois Tax Dollars Go

It's tax day and that got us wondering about where all your state tax dollars go every year. One answer comes in the form of the pie chart above, courtesy of the Illinois Comptroller's office.

Students at Ball Charter School in Springfield, Ill.

(Rachel Otwell/IPR)

April 15, 2014

Charter Schools: The Fix Ailing Districts Need?

Nearly two decades ago when the state legislature paved the way for charter schools, Republicans were in control and touted them as an innovative way to improve education by removing many rules and regulations. Now there are about 145 charter school campuses across the state, the vast majority in Chicago. Supporters say they are the change an ailing education system needs, but it is a contentious topic.

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