Ill. Home-Rule Gov'ts Limited In Transpo Revenue Spending

By Lauraann Wood (April 21, 2022, 4:12 PM EDT) -- Illinois' home-rule municipalities must adhere to a constitutional amendment requiring that transportation-related taxes and other revenues only be used for transportation-related purposes, the state Supreme Court said Thursday, reviving a lawsuit challenging Cook County's allegedly unlawful diversion of such funds.

Nothing in the Illinois Constitution's so-called Safe Roads Amendment shields home-rule governments from its provisions limiting the spending of transportation-related tax, bond, fee and other revenues to specific transportation-related uses outlined in the amendment, a majority of the state's top justices said.

In a dissent, however, Justice Mary Jane Theis said she believes the majority's ruling "severely limits a home rule...

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