Archive for April, 2012

Chicago Tribune | Family campfires may burn again in Cook forest preserves

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Jim Tobin, President of Taxpayers United for America, is quoted in the following story from the Chicago Tribune. This month, for the first time in their lives, some 10- and 11-year-old Cub Scouts from Chicago built a fire, pitched tents and slept under the stars. The kids discovered the great outdoors in a small patch [...]


For REALLY Big Bucks, Try the State University System

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View release as a PDF CHICAGO–The most outrageous pensions in all the Illinois state pension funds are to be found in the State University Retirement System (SURS), according to Jim Tobin, President of Taxpayers United of America (TUA). “If you want to see why the pension funds in Illinois are lurching toward insolvency, look no [...]


Who’s There? Justice for Oak Park Taxpayers!

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View release as a PDF OAK PARK—Taxpayers United of America (TUA) is taking their demand for justice to the streets of Oak Park. In a canvass blitz of Oak Park Government School District 97, TUA is pedaling awareness of the status of its lawsuit against the district. “Every resident in the district needs to be [...]


Activists Hold Rally Against Eminent Domain, Peotone Government Airport

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View release as a PDF PEOTONE—Jim Tobin spoke to 200 members of STAND (Shut This Airport Nightmare Down) at STAND’s Apr. 21 rally to oppose the proposed government airport in Peotone. The state of Illinois has spent $150 million on this boondoggle and is threatening to use “quick take” eminent domain to steal farms and [...]


Chicago Police Pensions Worth Three Times Social Security Pensions With Less Time Worked

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View release as a PDF CHICAGO–The average Chicago police pension is worth three times that of Social Security and police can retire with six years less work, according to research by Taxpayers United of America (TUA). “The maximum Social Security pension is $22,000 at age 62, with a minimum of 35 years of work,” said [...]


Duluth News Tribune | Duluth, St. Louis County retirees see six-figure pensions

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Findings from TUA’s pension project on Duluth, Minnesota are featured in this article from the Duluth News Tribune. A Chicago-based watchdog group that trains its critical eye on public employee pensions has turned its scrutiny to Duluth and St. Louis County. The group’s figures, confirmed by the Public Employees Retirement Association of Minnesota, show that [...]


Peoria Journal Star | Report details high state pensions for police

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The Peoria Journal Star featured TUA’s release on Illinois state troopers and corrections officers who are pension millionaires. GERMANTOWN HILLS —A recently retired captain of District 8 of the Illinois State Police and the current director of the region’s covert drug enforcement group each receive among the highest state pensions. According to a report released [...]


Rochester Government Pensions Reveal Need For More Reform

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View release as a PDF ROCHESTER—Taxpayers United of America (TUA) today revealed retired government employee pensions for Rochester and Olmsted County. Many Minnesota government employees are becoming pension millionaires when retired. “Many government retirees make more in pension payments than private sector taxpayers make in salaries,” stated Christina Tobin, TUA Vice President and Founder and [...]


State Troopers & Corrections Officers Quick to Capture Lavish Pensions

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View release as a PDF CHICAGO–A report just published by Taxpayers United of America (TUA) on the “Top 100” pensions of the State Employee Retirement System (SERS) revealed that 84 of the Top 100 are state troopers or corrections officers, and that 28 state troopers retired at age 50 and have pensions over $100,000. “If [...]


Duluth Government Pensions Reveal Need For More Reform

View release as a PDF DULUTH—Taxpayers United of America (TUA) today revealed retired government employee pensions for Duluth and St. Louis County. Many Minnesota government employees are becoming pension millionaires when retired. “Many government retirees make more in pension payments than private sector taxpayers make in salaries,” stated Christina Tobin, TUA Vice President and Founder [...]


Minneapolis – St. Paul Government Pensions Revealed!

View release as a PDF St. Paul—Taxpayers United of America (TUA) today revealed retired government employee pensions for the Cities of St. Paul and Minneapolis, statewide government employees, and Hennepin and St. Louis Counties. Many Minnesota government employees are becoming pension millionaires when retired. “Many government retirees make more in pension payments than private sector [...]


WGN 9 Chicago | Emanuel speed camera ordinance passes City Council committee

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Christina Tobin, TUA’s Vice President, was featured in a story from WGN 9 Chicago for her testimony against Chicago’s speed-camera ordinance. To see the video, click on the image below. CHICAGO—Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s plan for speed cameras near Chicago schools and parks passed in a City Council committee late Wednesday. Emanuel offered a revised ordinance [...]


The Telegraph | Teachers get lesson on retirement system

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The Telegraph featured TUA’s release on pension millionaires within the Illinois Teachers’ Retirement System. GODFREY – Retired educators got to vent Tuesday and question the head of Illinois’ Teachers’ Retirement System about the future of their benefits during a public meeting at Alton High School. “We’re in an awful place; it is unfair for us [...]


ABC 7 Chicago | Emanuel changes speed-cameras plan before vote

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Christina Tobin, TUA’s Vice President, was featured in a story from ABC 7 Chicago for her testimony against Chicago’s speed-camera ordinance. To see the video, click on the image below. April 11, 2012 (CHICAGO) (WLS) –  Hours before a city council committee was expected to vote on Rahm  Emanuel’s controversial plan for speed cameras Wednesday, [...]


Telemundo Chicago | Cobran fuerza las “cámaras de velocidad”

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Christina Tobin, TUA’s Vice President, was featured in a story from Telemundo Chicago for her testimony against Chicago’s speed-camera ordinance. To see the video, click on the image below. Una propuesta para instalar 300 camaras destinadas a medir la velocidad cerca de escuelas y parques alrededor de la ciudad, cobro fuerza hoy en el comite [...]


Christina Tobin Testifies Against Proposed Chicago Speed-Trap Cameras, Receives News Coverage

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View release as a PDF CHICAGO–Christina Tobin, Vice President of Taxpayers United of America (TUA), testified against Chicago’s proposed speed-camera ordinance on Wednesday, April 11. Speaking before the Committee on Pedestrian and Traffic Safety in City Council Chambers at City Hall, Tobin urged the committee “To kill the proposal to add speed-cameras all over the [...]


TUA’s Christina Tobin To Speak Against Proposed Chicago Speed-Trap Cameras

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View release as a PDF CHICAGO—Christina Tobin, Vice President of Taxpayers United of America (TUA), will speak against Chicago’s proposed speed-camera ordinance on Wednesday, April 11. The Committee on Pedestrian and Traffic Safety will convene at 1 PM in City Council Chambers at City Hall Wednesday, April 11, to discuss the proposed law. The proposed law would [...]


Pension Millionaires Draining Lifeblood from TRS Pension Fund

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Click to view release as a PDF CHICAGO–Pension millionaires and pension high-rollers have sucked the lifeblood out of the Illinois Teachers’ Retirement System (TRS), charged the President of Taxpayers United of America (TUA), Jim Tobin. “According to the Chicago Tribune, the situation is so dire that the TRS website acknowledged that insolvency is a possibility,” [...]


Illegal Electioneering Is Not OK!

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View release as a PDF CHICAGO—Jim Tobin, president of Taxpayers United of America (TUA) announced today that representatives of the taxpayer organization are going to canvas in the communities of the Riverside-Brookfield Government School District 208, to raise awareness about the organization’s lawsuit regarding illegal electioneering by the school district in 2011. “When we challenged [...]