Archive for November, 2012

AG Lisa Madigan Provides Strong Arm in Commuter Shakedown

View release as a PDF Chicago – Taxpayers United of America (TUA) today submitted notice to the Illinois Court of Appeals 1st District, of its intent to withdraw its complaint against the Illinois Toll Authority for the allegedly illegal continuation and increase of the Illinois toll tax. “The law that originally permitted this toll tax [...]


Illinois Courts Bully Taxpayers

View release as a PDF Chicago – Taxpayers United of America (TUA), today submitted notice to the Illinois Court of Appeals 1st District, of their intent to withdraw their complaints against Oak Park SD 97 and Wilmette SD 39. The complaints had alleged that the two school districts intentionally understated by at least two thirds, [...]


The Bugle | Westmont votes to end Home Rule status

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Westmont’s historical repeal of Home Rule was featured in The Bugle. Westmont residents voted no to remain being a Home Rule community by a mere 51 percent of the vote. Becoming a non-Home Rule community, officials said, the village will have financial repercussions, including a loss of more than $2 million in tax revenues, which [...]


Daily Herald | Retired judge swaps criminal cases for red-light violations

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TUA’s report on excessive pension amounts for retired Illinois judges was featured in a story for the Daily Herald. Henry “Skip” Tonigan III stares intently at the flickering images on a television screen in a large meeting room at the Lakemoor police station, waiting to see if the white car on the traffic video comes [...]


My Suburban Life | Westmont residents repeal home rule status

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Westmont’s historical repeal of Home Rule was featured in mysuburbanlife.com. It looks like Westmont may be one of only five municipalities in the state of illinois since 1971 to repeal home rule via referendum. As of 11 p.m., with all 25 precincts in Westmont reporting, 4,530 residents have voted to repeal home rule while 4,273 [...]


IllinoisPolicy.org | Home rule repealed in Westmont, rejected in 4 other communities

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TUA’s work in helping Westmont activists repeal Home Rule was featured on the Illinois Policy Institute’s blog. Many local voters didn’t realize it, but residents of Westmont, Ill., made history during last week’s election. By a vote of 51.5 percent to 48.5 percent, Westmont became the first Illinois community to repeal a municipality’s home rule power [...]


River Cities Reader | The Pension Time Bomb: Why Public-Sector Retiree Benefits Need to Change, and the Barriers to Meaningful Reform

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TUA’s ongoing study on Illinois’ pension system was featured in the River Cities Reader. A riddle: What do you get if you add $209 billion to $54 billion to $15 billion? If you answered “a lot,” you’re correct and not particularly inclined toward math. If you answered $278 billion, you’re adept at arithmetic and correct, [...]


Westmont First to Repeal Home Rule in 29 Years!

View release as a PDF Chicago – Taxpayers United of America (TUA) helped Westmont activists win repeal of Home Rule, the first repeal victory in Illinois in 29 years. Westmont is one of 5 Home Rule referenda defeated yesterday by activists, with the help of TUA. “Taxpayers are the big winners in Westmont where they [...]


WTAD AM 930 | The Mary Griffith Show featuring TUA President Jim Tobin

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Jim Tobin, President of Taxpayers United for America, appeared on The Mary Griffith Show to discuss TUA’s pension study on Adams County, Illinois. To listen, click on the audio player below.


Illinois Review | Magnum TI and the Case of Illinois’ Fiscal Crisis (featuring Big Cheese Madigan)

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TUA’s video, Magnum TI and the Case of Illinois’ Fiscal Crisis, was featured on Illinois Review.


US of Arn | Taxpayers United of America: Magnum TI and the Case of Illinois’ Fiscal Crisis

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TUA’s video, Magnum TI and the Case of Illinois’ Fiscal Crisis, was featured on the blog of US of Arn. This is a great video put out by Taxpayers United of America about Illinois’ fiscal crisis and the way to fix it; gaining 6 seats in Springfield to take the speakers gavel away from Mike [...]


Quincy Herald-Whig | Leader of taxpayer group lashes out at high government pensions in Illinois

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TUA’s government pension study on Adams County, Illinois, was featured in the Quincy Herald-Whig. A spokesman for Taxpayers United of America came to Quincy Tuesday to lash out at the high pensions being paid to many school, county and city retirees. Jim Tobin, the TUA’s president, held a news conference where he called for reforms [...]


WGEM News | Taxpayers United of America talk pension payouts in Quincy

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TUA’s government pension study on Adams County, Illinois, was featured in this story from WGEM News. To see video of the story, click on the video below. WGEM.com: Quincy News, Weather, Sports, and Radio


Quincy Journal | Study shows impact of Quincy, Adams County pension liability

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TUA’s government pension study on Adams County, Illinois, was featured in the Quincy Journal. Quincy—Taxpayers United of America (TUA) today released the results of a new pension study for the Quincy municipal government employees, Adams County government employees and Adams County government teachers. “Illinois lawmakers have only flirted with reforms of the government pension system,” stated [...]


KSTC 45 | Can Taxpayers Afford Minnesota’s Pension Plans?

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TUA’s study on Minnesota’s public pension system was featured in a story by KSTC-TV Channel 45. How would you like to collect $14,000 a month, for life, in retirement? It’s possible and legal under Minnesota’s pension plans. Take Kenneth Young. He’s at the top of the list. Young, a former Hennepin County worker, collects the highest annual [...]


Forest Leaves | River Forest to decide on home rule

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Jim Tobin, President of Taxpayers United of America, was quoted in a Forest Leaves article on River Forest’s home rule referendum. RIVER FOREST — When River Forest residents vote polls Nov. 6, they will decide whether the village should get home-rule powers. Village Administrator Eric Palm admitted home rule has been an abstract sell, with [...]