Tax season is around the corner. Have you ever donated to your favorite charity by checking it off on your Illinois tax form? Bet you didn’t know, for years, lawmakers and governors have taken or borrowed some of that money for other bills.
And it hasn’t been just charity funds. Other funds set up to protect consumers have been taken by the millions for other things.
A budget expert from the University of Illinois calls it a shell game. Taxpayers might call it immoral. Governor Quinn insists he’s put a stop to it. But as our WGN investigation shows, he’s done it too.