Archive for January, 2013

Wisconsin Reporter | Are cops robbing Wisconsin taxpayers?

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Rae Ann McNeilly, Executive Director of Taxpayers United for America, was quoted in a story in the Wisconsin Reporter on Milwaukee’s police pensions. By M.D. Kittle | Wisconsin Reporter MADISON – Fewer cops, fatter pensions. That appears to be the scenario playing out in Milwaukee and cities nationwide, a point Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett seemed to [...]


Myths About Average Government Pension$ Debunked

View Release as PDF CHICAGO—Illinois politicians and government union bosses are trying to deflect criticism of their lavish, gold-plated pensions by throwing out a deceptive “average” pension figure of $30,000, according to the president of one of the country’s largest taxpayer organizations “The government unions are desperate to confuse taxpayers and the news media,” said [...]


Wilmette School District 39 Fails To Provide Evidence That Its April 2011 Referendum Ballot Language “Followed Illinois Law”

View as PDF CONTACT: Herbert Sorock (847) 251-8955 (h) email: h.sorock@gmail.com WILMETTE, IL –Wilmette School District 39 has failed to substantiate its December 3, 2012, claim in a media release that its April 2011 referendum ballot language “correctly followed Illinois law as it existed at that time.” On January 18, 2013, Sorock submitted a written [...]


Chicago Tribune | U.S. OKs turning Elgin-O’Hare into tollway

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Jim Tobin, President of Taxpayers United for America, was quoted in the Chicago Tribune on turning the Elgin-O’Hare into a tollway.  The federal government has signed off on an agreement allowing the Elgin-O’Hare Expressway to be converted into a tollway, officials said this week. The decision will give the Illinois Tollway the authority to include [...]


Daily Chronicle | Group crunches pension numbers

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Findings from TUA’s pension project on Dekalb, Illinois, are featured in this story from the Daily Chronicle. To see video of the story, click on the image below. DeKALB – Jim Tobin says the state’s pension system will collapse unless it switches from a defined-benefit system to a defined-contribution, 401(k)-type system, similar to what many [...]


Daily Herald | Conviction for molesting girl doesn’t stop retired Round Lake Beach cop’s pension

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Jim Tobin, President of Taxpayers United for America, was quoted in an article from the Daily Herald on a convicted sex offender receiving a taxpayer-funded pension.  Round Lake Beach taxpayers continue to provide a pension to a now-retired police officer who was convicted of molesting a 16-year-old girl while off duty and is on a [...]


NBC-13 Rockford | Group reveals pensions of DeKalb, NIU employees

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Findings from TUA’s pension project on Dekalb, Illinois, are featured in this story from NBC-13 Rockford. To see video of the story, click below. WREX.com – Rockford’s News Leader


Hundreds of DeKalb Government Retirees Become Multi-Millionaires at Taxpayer Expense

View as PDF DeKalb—Taxpayers United of America (TUA) today released the results of a new pension study of the employees of the City of DeKalb, DeKalb County, DeKalb County government schools, and Northern Illinois University. “Illinois lawmakers continue their abuse of taxpayers by ignoring the number one budgetary problem in the state,” said Jim Tobin, [...]


Taxpayers Demand Spending Cuts – Oppose Raising Federal Debt Limit

View release as a PDF CHICAGO–House Republicans must stand fast and oppose raising the federal debt limit. President Obama needs to come down from his high horse and work to cut spending, according to the president of one of the nation’s largest taxpayer groups. “The federal government spends 40% more than it takes in. This [...]


News Tribune | La Salle County to consider home rule

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Jim Tobin, President of Taxpayers United for America, was quoted in an article from the News Tribune on LaSalle County’s considered use of home rule. OTTAWA — La Salle County Board members will begin discussion on reorganizing under “home rule” to give it broad taxation powers over the local sand mining industry. The idea, which [...]


Daily Herald | Which suburbs levy highest taxes per person?

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Jim Tobin, President of Taxpayers United for America, was quoted in an article from the Daily Herald on local property taxes. Dede Wamberg doesn’t mind that her hometown of Barrington Hills collects nearly $1,618 in property taxes in a year for every resident of the tony suburb. She just wants the money spent wisely. “I [...]