ATR Urges Illinois Lawmakers to Oppose Income Tax Hike Proposals

-By Americans for Tax Reform

–HJRCA 33 and HJRCA 51would hit small businesses and violate the Taxpayer Protection Pledge, a promise lawmakers made to their constituents not to raise taxes–

WASHINGTON, DC – Americans for Tax Reform urges lawmakers in Springfield to oppose the efforts of Speaker Mike Madigan (D) and Gov. Pat Quinn (D) to impose a progressive income tax and a 3-percent additional tax on higher income earners.

Illinois is tied with Nevada for the second-worst state unemployment rate in the country. A progressive income tax aimed at the middle class and a so-called “millionaires tax” aimed at higher income earners would do nothing to alleviate the state’s economic woes. Lawmakers in Springfield should be looking to implement pro-growth tax reform and tackling wasteful spending, not looking to soak taxpayers for more of their hard-earned money. With a state pension system in crisis and twenty new or higher taxes hitting taxpayers through Obamacare–including five tax hikes targeting the middle class specifically–the last thing Illinois needs is higher taxes.

The So-Called Millionaires Tax

Speaker Mike Madigan is currently pushing what is billed as a “millionaires tax” – an additional 3-percent tax rate on high income earners. Illinois taxpayers should be weary of such a tax as it rarely remains a tax on high income earners and could easily be expanded to include more and more Illinois taxpayers. Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley enacted a millionaires tax in Maryland during the 2007 legislative session. The unpopular tax was repealed by Maryland Democrats in 2010. Gov. O’Malley doubled back and enacted a new millionaires’ tax that, in reality, targeted Maryland’s “thousandaires”–a tax that remains unpopular in the state.

Voters in Washington State rejected a millionaires tax proposal resoundingly at the ballot box, despite backing from the father of billionaire Bill Gates.

The Progressive Income Tax

Moving Illinois from a flat rate to a series of graduated tax rates could prove disastrous for an already weak state economy. The Tax Foundation estimates that a progressive income tax would increase taxes on 61percent of Illinois employers costing the state even more jobs. This is the opposite strategy a state tied for the second worst unemployment rate in the nation should be pursuing.

Both Proposals are Violations of the Taxpayer Protection Pledge

Both HJRCA 33 and HJRCA 51 are clear violations of the Taxpayer Protection Pledge, a promise made by lawmakers to their constituents to “oppose any and all efforts to increase taxes.” Representative Jack Franks (D) has tried to argue that, since both proposals would require voter approval, they are not violations of the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. He is incorrect in this assumption. The Pledge clearly states the signer will “oppose any and all efforts.” HJRCA 33 and HJRCA 51 would constitute an effort to increase taxes as voters would not be given the choice to increase or lower their taxes by an equivalent amount – their choice is simply between higher taxes and the status quo. This is clearly an “effort” to increase taxes.

Americans for Tax Reform urges all Illinois lawmakers to stand against the liberal tax and spend philosophy of Speaker Mike Madigan and Gov. Pat Quinn and vote NO on HJRCA 33 and HJRCA 51.

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Senator Mark Kirk is NOT a Republican, Now By His Own Admission

-By Warner Todd Huston

Senator Mark Kirk (RINO, ILL) has always been a 50 percenter with the Republican Party, meaning that he only supports the party he is supposed to belong to around 50 percent of the time. But now, seemingly by his own admission, he’s become a full Democrat with his decision to fight against the GOP nominee for Senate and support the re-election of Democrat Senator Dick Durbin, the single most left-wing promulgator of lies in the U.S. Senate.

Today, Mark Kirk has just taken the penultimate step to becoming a Democrat with this decision to support Democrat Durbin over his own party’s nominee for U.S. Senate, Jim Oberweis.

Democrat Kirk, the cripple from Lake County, just said that he would rather “protect” his “relationship” with the most left-wing liar in the Senate than help a fellow Republican get elected.

“I’m going to be protecting my relationship with Dick and not launching into a partisan jihad that hurts our partnership to both pull together for Illinois,” Kirk said Monday during an event for Texas Senator John Cornyn.

Now, I can understand it if Kirk thinks Oberweis has no chance at all to beat the scumbag Dick Durbin. That is a perfectly reasonable opinion and some say it is the right one, granted. But for Kirk to have gone out of his way to praise Durbin and express his interests to “protect” Durbin like that?

What a disgusting thing for this sick, infirm, and mentally deficient man to have done.

It seems obvious that his stroke has incapacitated him fully. Mark Kirk needs to go home.

I mean, it’s bad enough that he refuses to campaign for the nominee from his own party, but to actively stump like that for one of the worst creeps in the Senate, one of the men most responsible for the destruction of the United States like Dick “Turban” Durbin? This is utterly inexcusable.

This is the same Dick Durbin who refused to see off the troops from Chicago leaving for Iraq, his own home base, back in 2006 even though he was only a few miles away at a press conference about the Ash Borer Weevil. Yes, he cared more about a damn bug than he did our troops.

This is the same lying Dick who said that our troops were like Nazis.

This is the same liar who claimed that ten million Americans got healthcare under Obamacare when at the time even the administration itself was saying it was under 4 million.

This is the same piece of garbage who claimed that Republicans said they couldn’t stand to look at Obama in a private meeting in October–despite that it is obvious he lied about the incident.

This is the same anti-Republican, partisan piece of detritus who claimed it was the GOP who stopped the Senate from offering a budget even though the GOP has had no appreciable power in the Senate to do much of anything for some10 years now.

This is a creep so stupid and uninformed that he thinks illegal aliens can become president.

This is the scumbag that idiot Kirk would support over anyone in what he pretends is his own party?

Senator Mark Kirk is a traitor and is now officially a Democrat in everything but the name.

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Illinois School: Gun Rights Only What Government Allows Them to Be (The School Also Disses General U.S. Grant!)

-By Warner Todd Huston

The U.S. Constitution says that our Second Amendment rights shall not be infringed. That’s pretty straightforward. But a middle school in Illinois has decided that shall not really means that you have no rights unless government says you are allowed to have them.

According to a workbook handout from Grant Middle School in Springfield, Illinois–that happens to be the capital city of the most corrupt state in America–Americans only have Second Amendment rights if they go and “register” with government and if government has decided they are worthy of being allowed those rights. (See image below.)

Here is the full text of that worksheet:

Amendment 2 (1791): Right to Bear Arms

This Amendment States that the people have the right to certain weapons, providing that they register them and they have not been in prison. The founding fathers included this amendment to prevent the United States from acting like the British who tried to take weapons away from the colonists.

So many lies in so few words.

First of all there isn’t a thing in the Second Amendment specifying “certain weapons.” It says firearms. Not “certain weapons.” The Amendment also doesn’t say a word about “prison” being a reason to exclude gun ownership. In fact, it makes no exceptions at all even going so far to say that the right “shall not be infringed.”

Here is the full text of the Second Amendment as ratified in the Bill of Rights:

A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.

That bears no semblance to what the school said at all, now does it?

The person who brought this travesty to the nation’s attention is a father to one of Grant Middle School’s students. He wishes to stay anonymous because he feels the school will punish his child. He is probably right, too.

In any case, who he or his child is doesn’t matter because the school has admitted that the story is correct and that they have, indeed, been using the workbook.

Turns out it was written by some unionized, left-wing past teachers that used to work with the school. The school has agreed that the workbook needs a revision.

Again, it should be noted that this school is in the capital of the most corrupt state in the nation. It should also be noted that this is the same state that still has the most restrictions on its citizens’ Second Amendment rights and was the last state in the union to allow concealed carry–even thought it is still all up in the air and many legalities have yet to be worked out.

So, no one should be surprised that this corrupt school in this corrupt state is lying to its students about their rights.

One other thing should be noted to show that this school is a corrupt institution. It is really named U.S. Grant Middle school after the famed Civil War general. But the school has dropped the “U.S.” and is going simply with “Grant Middle School.”

Does it surprise anyone that this corrupt school is doing its best to whitewash its connection to the famous Civil War General. That it is the same school trying to undermine our Second Amendment rights?

Unsurprisingly, on its website the school also celebrates its Common Core standards.

A corrupt school in a corrupt state–the home of Barack Obama, natch–doing its best to destroy this country. That is modern education today.

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Angry over Losses, Durkin Targets Proft and Independent Expenditures

By Fran Eaton

CHICAGO – In a press conference following yesterday’s Republican unity event, Illinois House Minority Leader Jim Durkin made it clear that he didn’t appreciate outside groups funding challengers to House incumbents. Durkin told reporters he was outraged at the money spent on primaries and suggested that independent expenditure groups and their freedom to spend money on elections should be reined in.

“The money that was spent in at least two of our races is something we don’t even spend in the general election,” Durkin said. “I’m in the minority. Should we put some checks and balances in there? I’d love to see it. I think there needs to be more transparency from those groups-where they receive their money and actually who’s running them, as well.”

When asked about the hundreds of thousands of dollars he authorized to be spent during the primary, Durkin told reporters that he’d like to see more transparency and campaign restrictions placed on independent expenditure groups…

Read the rest at Illinois Review.

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School Districts: Separate But Equal?

-By Lennie Jarratt

Given the fact that educational opportunities are a significant factor in allowing students to move out of poverty, how can trapping children in failing schools because of their social strata be moral for a society, especially a first world country like the United States. Specifically here in Illinois, how can the state justify continuing the cycle of poverty by keeping students in the inner city of Chicago, the poor students in Waukegan, Rockford, East St. Louis or other communities inside their separate and unequal school districts? This should not be justified or allowed to continue.

How do we make schools equal given the current district model where we now have separate and unequal funding?

There is only one way to remedy this situation in a way be financially sustainable and end generations of poverty. That solution is to end the school boundary and school district boundary model. They are archaic models given the personal and mass transit present in our communities today…

Read the rest at Champion News.

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Americans for Prosperity-Illinois Launches Ad against Governor Quinn’s Proposed Progressive Income Tax

From Americans For Prosperity-Illinois…

Calls on Governor to Not Raise Taxes on Illinoisans, Again

Naperville, IL – Americans for Prosperity-Illinois today launched its next television ad opposing Governor Quinn’s push for a progressive income tax in Illinois

“In passing a 67% tax hike on all Illinoisans, Governor Quinn and his allies mislead taxpayers by claiming that the tax would be temporary and would pay off unpaid bills,” said AFP-Illinois State Director David From. “Now, these same politicians are telling us the Progressive Income Tax will only affect the wealthy and not drive away jobs. The reality is that all publicly available rate plans for a Progressive Tax would raise taxes on the vast majority of low and middle income taxpayers, while forcing even more employers to leave the state.”

The 30-second ad titled “Quinn Promises” began running on cable television in the Chicago suburbs, as well as in the Quad Cities, Kankakee, Springfield, Decatur, Metro East, and Southern Illinois. It reminds Illinois residents just how bad our state’s fiscal situation is, despite a record income tax increase Governor Quinn handed to taxpayers three years ago.

The ad sounds the alarm to voters that, just as Governor Quinn and his allies made false claims about the 2011 tax hike being temporary and to get the state on “sound fiscal footing”, the same politicians want to pass a progressive tax using claims that it will only tax the wealthy when it will actually raise tax rates for the vast majority of taxpayers.

This is the latest TV ad in AFP’s campaign opposing the Progressive Income Tax. Previously, AFP- Illinois aired cable TV ads in January in four cable markets and has been running online ads in six priority legislative districts since the beginning of the year to compliment grassroots activism including phoning, door-to-door, and townhall meetings.

Americans for Prosperity-Illinois

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AFP-IL Defeats Local Tax and Debt Increases at Ballot Box‏

From Americans For Prosperity-Illinois…

Local Anti-Tax Initiative wins 71% of targeted local referenda

Yesterday, AFP- Illinois fulfilled its mission of promoting greater economic freedom by assisting activists in defeating tax or debt increases in 25 of 35 local referenda across Illinois as part of its Local Anti-Tax Initiative. Overall, Illinois voters were faced with 117 referenda which sought to increase local taxes or debt.

“This is further proof that Illinoisans are fed up with the relentless ‘tax-and-spend’ attitude that permeates all levels of government here,” said AFP-Illinois State Director David From. “With the nation’s second-highest property taxes and the second-highest unemployment rate, elected officials must recognize that taxpayers want government spending reform not perpetually higher taxes.”

Of the 117 tax-related referenda, AFP-IL focused on 35 via the Local Anti-Tax Initiative. In some cases, particular referenda were targeted because local activists proactively engaged the chapter on their referenda and in other cases a question was chosen because it appeared particularly harmful to the economic well-being of local residents.

After the ballots were counted, voters rejected 58% of all tax-related referenda, including 71% of those which comprised the focus of the Local Anti-Tax Initiative.

Through this program, AFP-IL educates taxpayers in communities where such referenda were proposed. In the lead-up to yesterday’s election, AFP-IL communicated with voters via both grassroots activity and paid communications including mail and automated phonecalls. Referenda opposed included nearly $70 million in bonds, a property tax which would’ve amounted to over $13 million annually and 30 sales tax questions.

Additionally, communities around the state: eliminated a township, dissolved a water district, rejected a new unit of government, rejected an anti-fracking referendum, supported term limits (2), urged the General Assembly to place a moratorium on property taxes & rejected home rule (3).

Americans for Prosperity-Illinois

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The Illinois Primary is Over, Now the Next Fight Begins

-By Warner Todd Huston

In the first week of March I was in Washington DC at a party at the Breitbart embassy situated among the brownstone buildings just behind the U.S. Supreme Court building and I was talking to the National Review’s John Fund about the Illinois primaries. He asked me if Rauner was going to run away with it and I said that Dillard might surprise people and come much closer than anyone expected. Fund scoffed a bit. Turns out I was right.

State Senator Kirk Dillard did, indeed, get a surge in the last weeks of the election over taking the third and fourth place candidates by a long shot and coming within striking distance of Bruce Rauner. Dillard ended up at 38 percent to Rauner’s 40 percent of the vote.

In interviews after last night’s primary Dillard said that the reason he missed it by that much was “money, money, money.” It’s hard to dispute Senator Dillard on this as Rauner outspent all the other candidates due to the millions of his personal fortune he spent on this race.

One could fairly say that Rauner did buy this primary election. But the worrisome thing for Rauner has to be the fact that even with his millions spent he only beat Dillard by a few tiny percentage points. This is a warning note for the general election when he’ll face incumbent Democrat Governor Pat Quinn.

In any case, Rauner will have to define Pat Quinn’s negatives before Quinn defines Rauner’s.

My prediction is that Quinn will beat Rauner as Rauner will be easily painted as a Richie Rich in a state filled with haters of wealth and that, on top of Rauner’s gaffe prone stumbling, will torpedo his campaign. Still, there is a chance that Quinn might lose. But I doubt it.

As to the other statewide race of note, Tom Cross easily took the GOP nomination for Secretary of State beating Bob Grogan in a 57 to 43 percent fight.

For the U.S. Senate, Jim Oberweis beat newcomer Doug Truax fairly handily in a 56 to 44 percent victory.

I hope Doug runs for something again, though. He is a fantastic candidate and he would serve us well in office.

As to several of the races for U.S. Congress, Adam Kinzinger really swamped his tea party-inspired opponent David Hale in the 16th District 78 to 22 percent.

In the 13th District Rodney Davis beat the wonderful Erika Harold 55 to 41 percent despite the Party establishment’s efforts to destroy Harold.

In the 8th District Larry Kaifesh ran away with it (72 to 28 percent) over the troubled Manju Goel campaign.

It is important to note that not one of the incumbent Congressmen (Democrat or Republican) were primaried out of their seat this time out.

For the State Senate, Chris Nybo is back in the running having won his primary for the 24th District beating Dennis Reboletti 59 to 41 percent.

The big fight in the House of Reps was the 81st District where Ron Sandack got in the fight of his political life and this morning the results still weren’t determined with Sandack at 51 percent and challenger Keith Matune at 49 percent. Less than 200 votes separates the two. Sandack will likely be officially declared the winner, though.

But it should be noted that none of the Republican House members that were targeted because of their vote on gay marriage (like Sandack above) lost. For good or ill, this is an important point for the GOP in Illinois and might free the party to just accept gay marriage and go on to other issues.

Still, a few notable races aside, by and large the most offices up for election in this primary had no challengers to the incumbents.

(See the AP’s election results here)

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Ill. Rep. Gutiérrez Likely On Verge of Ethics Charges Filed Against Him

-By Warner Todd Huston

New reports suggest that Chicago Congressman Luis Gutiérrez (D, ILL) is likely expecting to be charged with ethics violations in Washington.

USA Today reports that Gutiérrez has already spent some $30,000 in legal fees in preparation of defending himself from charges of ethics violations and no violations have yet been filed. It seems clear that the Congressman is sure they are on the verge of being filed.

Even with no investigation announced, in January the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE) noted that at least one question over the Congressman’s actions was being held for consideration after the Illinois primaries (Election Day is March 18).

Naturally, Gutiérrez is refusing to make any statements on this matter–and that is probably a good idea since the whole matter is completely up in the air at this time.

The ethics violation investigation that Gutiérrez may face concerns his payments with tax dollars to a lobbyist.

In August, Gutiérrez paid $7,500 from his campaign account to attorney Andrew Herman, who worked for the Brand Law Group, a Washington firm that specializes in “protecting and defending the rights of witnesses involved in government investigations.” According to Federal Election Commission records, over the next several months, Gutiérrez paid over $18,000 more to Herman, then in February paid an additional $3,100 to a law firm called Miller Chevalier–where Herman had moved his practice in the fall. In the 2011-2012 election cycle, Gutiérrez reports to the FEC showed no legal fees at all.

In any case, if Gutiérrez has already spent a whopping $30 grand on representation in anticipation of being charged with an ethics violation, it is sure that he is betting on charges being filed.

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Illinois Wins Again: Worst Unemployment Record in USA

-By Warner Todd Huston

Illinois continues to rack up plaudits as one of the worst states in the entire country for every measure that makes a successful state. Bad bond ratings, among the highest for people moving away from her, worst pension messes, crummy education, etc. And now, Illinois has won the booby prize as the single worst state in the union for its unemployment track record. Yaaaa, Illinois.

At 9 percent unemployment, Illinois now has the worst unemployment rate of every state around it in the Midwest. But even worse for the Land of Sinkin’–er, I mean Land of Lincoln–the state has the worst downward trends in employment for the whole country. Illinois’ unemployment rate has gone up more times than its gone down and that is the worst record in the whole country over the last five years.

As the Illinois Policy Institute recently noted, “Illinois’ recovery from the Great Recession has been hindered by self-inflicted wounds. After the 2011 tax hikes, the Illinois jobless rate jumped from 9.4 percent to 10.2 percent. The US average declined in the same period.”
Meanwhile, in the surrounding Midwestern state, every state but Illinois has had a downward trend for unemployment by about an average of some 2 percent. And yet, Democrat controlled Illinois has seen unemployment go up and up.

During the 1860s Illinois was called the “Sucker State” because of the plentiful river fish. But this nickname should be brought back because it is much more fitting today–but for a wholly different reason. Because anyone who lives here and isn’t planning to move elsewhere is a sucker.

But isn’t it interesting that the state that gave the U.S.A. Obama’s political career is the worst state in nearly every metric in the whole union?

But maybe things are looking up for Illinois. The state’s biggest, most bankrupt city, the place where more politicians go to jail than any other, the city of big shoulders, the Windy City, Chicago, has just been awarded with the left-winger’s most prized award. Chicago was named America’s 2014 Earth Hour Capital! The city that can’t pay its bills is tops with greenies. Yaaaa Chicago.

What a farce.

Here are just a few more of the “low lights” of Illinois’ standing among the states:

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