It’s a story about how the Stephens family has amassed riches and tremendous political clout.
Most of all, however, it is a story about Home Rule.
Illinois Home Rule allows:
the option to forgo competitive bidding on contracts
unprecedented levels of nepotism and other ethical lapses
And no, this isn’t just about the folks in Rosemont. Other Illinois taxpayers are on the hook for Rosemont ventures with $7 million in taxi tax earmarks and subsidies annually, while the villagers enjoy grants of up to $3,000 each.