Today the Chicago-Tribune published an investigative report about Rosemont and the family that runs it.

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:

  • unlimited borrowing

  • 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.