Illinois Policy Institute: One year later — The Illinois income tax hike has failed‏

From the Illinois Policy Institute…

“We have some temporary tax increases that are designed to pay our bills, get Illinois back on fiscal sound footing and make sure that our state has a strong economy.” -Gov. Pat Quinn, January 12, 2011

One year after Illinois’ Democratic leaders pushed through a tax hike of record proportions, the grades are in.

The tax hike failed.

It failed to put Illinois on sound fiscal footing. It failed to strengthen the state’s economy. But most of all, it failed the families and the businesses who want to make Illinois great again. Find out why by reading our new report: “The results are in: The tax hike failed – 3 reasons why.”

You and I both know that the tax hike simply propped up a broken system. Take that revenue crutch away, and there is no alternative but to pass the liberty-based policy reforms that will lead to a better Illinois.

This morning I joined Senate Leader Christine Radogno and House Leader Tom Cross in a press conference to renew the call for full repeal of the tax hike. You can see that 57 legislators and candidates have joined the call and signed the tax hike repeal pledge thus far.

One year later, what did losing one week’s pay to higher taxes mean for you? Share your story with me at

Thank you,

John Tillman
Illinois Policy Institute Coalition Partner


Seven ways to help repeal the tax hike
There’s no denying that the tax hike passed a year ago today has been a failure. If you want to join the battle to turn around the state of Illinois, here are seven ways to help repeal the 2011 Illinois income tax hike. Click here to get involved and pass this list on to your friends!

“Pensions vs. schools” – all three reports now available
Last Friday the Illinois Policy Institute released the third of its three-part series “Pensions vs. Schools.” That report focused on the Chicago Public School system and how escalating pension costs are squeezing out funding for its classrooms and children. All three releases in this series have been receiving considerable attention from the media, legislators and people who care about education. If you missed the series so far, CLICK HERE to learn what we need to do to protect our schools and our most important assets – our children.

About Warner Todd Huston

Warner Todd Huston is a Chicago-based freelance writer, has been writing opinion editorials and social criticism since early 2001 and is featured on many websites such as Andrew Breitbart's and,,,,, Human Events Magazine, among many, many others. Additionally, he has been a frequent guest on talk-radio programs to discuss his opinion editorials and current events. Warner is also the editor of the Midwest Editor for He has also written for several history magazines and appears in the new book "Americans on Politics, Policy and Pop Culture" which can be purchased on He is also the owner and operator of Feel free to contact him with any comments or questions, EMAIL Warner Todd Huston: igcolonel .at. "The only end of writing is to enable the reader better to enjoy life, or better to endure it." --Samuel Johnson
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