Wisconsin to Illinois: “We’re not cleaning up your mess.”

By: Matt Rodewald, Director of Communications Many of us have noticed during the COVID shutdown one thing about life at home. If you’re a parent, you’ve certainly figured out the one tough thing. If you’re trying to work from home and keep your kids on track with online learning, it just feels impossible. Your house […]

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Chicagoans Prefer Bankruptcy Over Higher Taxes As City Debt Piles Up

Illinois cities need an option that’s fair to taxpayers and provides long-term sustainability for local governments. Allowing municipalities and local units of government to restructure pension debt through bankruptcy would make pension obligations sustainable and affordable; it would also lead to more reasonable negotiating conditions between unions and government.

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Another Session, Same High Property Taxes

Instead of passing reforms, the Democrats went another session punting on pension reform and instead forced through 21 tax and fee hikes that you will pay. Also, with the passage of the graduated income tax amendment supported by every Democrat who voted and Gov. Pritzker, legislators want to give themselves the constitutional power to increase tax rates however much they deem necessary.

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Cutting Student Loan Debt With Your Money

The current budget for higher education spends 50% on pension payments. That’s not a system that puts students first. It isn’t a system set up to put children on a path to greater economic prosperity so they can become productive citizens. It is a system designed to take money from you, and hand it to government employees.

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Bracing For Tax Hikes

Pritzker can no longer hide behind catchy campaign slogans and flashy TV commercials but must address these stifling problems head on. It is clear Pritzker is swallowing the tough reality of the current state of Illinois, but if he chooses the route of more taxes and government spending, then Illinois will continue down the same spiraling path that forces families and businesses out.

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What We Want to See from Governor J.B. Pritzker

Families should not serve government, government should serve families, particularly those most in need. Yet, in Illinois, that isn’t what happens. Instead, politicians run up debt, using taxpayers as a piggy bank to fund their own pet projects and increase their power.

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A New Day?

So what does Madigan’s new day look like for those of us still living here? A gas tax hike, progressive income tax hike, and a continued rise in property taxes as bills continue to stack up.

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