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Illinois’ Corporate Income Tax is 9.5% – Fourth Highest in US!

View as PDF The Illinois state corporate income tax is continues to be understated by reporters and politicians, according to the president of one of the nation’s largest taxpayer groups, Taxpayers United of America (TUA). “The total Illinois corporate state income tax rate of 9.5% includes a base rate of 7% and another 2.5% on [...]


Taxpayers Win Big in Illinois Primary

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View as PDF Chicago—Taxpayers voted ‘NO’ on property tax increases in Tuesday’s primary election, according to Jim Tobin, president of Taxpayers United of America (TUA). “We soundly beat property tax increase referenda in Berwyn South SD 100, Kane County, Huntley Park District, and the Village of Bull Valley, bringing our total to 203 property tax [...]


Government is the Cause of Income Inequality, Not the Cure – Part II

View as PDF Democrats continue to use “income inequality” as an effective wedge issue, according to Jim Tobin, noted Chicago economist and President of Taxpayer Education Foundation (TEF). “Actually, it is federal and state, and local governments that transfer wealth from average taxpayers to the wealthy, to politicians’ pet projects, and to favored labor unions [...]


S. Berwyn SD 100 – Biggest Property Tax Increase in Illinois!

View as PDF It is unbelievable that the government bureaucrats in South Berwyn’s SD 100 are expecting taxpayers to take another huge pay cut so the government bureaucrats can prop up their bloated salaries and benefits without anything to show for it. Just one of these two referenda would increase property taxes about $850 a [...]


Government is the Cause of Income Inequality, Not the Cure – Part I

View as PDF Washington Democrats are using “income inequality” as a wedge issue, a ploy that has benefited them throughout the years, but their deceptive strategy masks the real inequality in wages and benefits, according to Jim Tobin, noted economist and President of Taxpayer Education Foundation (TEF). “While it is true that median incomes of [...]


9,900 Illinois Government Pensioners With Annual Pension Over $100k

View as PDF Chicago—Taxpayers United of America (TUA) today released the results of its annual study of the top government pensions in the State of Illinois. “Illinois House Speaker, Michael Madigan (D), and Senate Majority Leader, John Cullerton (D), continue their political charade of pension reform while the number of six-figure pensioners grows 47% in [...]


Police Pay and Benefits Higher Than More Dangerous Jobs

View as PDF CHICAGO—Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics do not support the perception that police officers have very high-risk jobs, or that there is a “war on cops,” according to Jim Tobin, President of Taxpayers United of America. “Police-organization bureaucrats repeatedly state that there is a ‘war on cops’ in order to justify [...]


95% of Illinois Taxpayers Held Hostage by State Pension Cartel

View as PDF Chicago –Pension reform could be easy if there were no government-union bosses — and the votes they deliver — according to Taxpayers United of America (TUA). “The entire State of Illinois has been brought to its knees by about 5% of its population,” said Rae Ann McNeilly, TUA executive director. “The debt [...]


Illinois State Police Pensions Get Media Attention They Deserve

View as PDF CHICAGO—Taxpayers United of America (TUA) released Illinois State Police Pensions and garnered major media attention. Click here to read the release where we publish the ISP pension study and Jim Tobin calls on Gov. Quinn to freeze hiring until comprehensive pension reforms are passed. http://www.taxpayersunitedofamerica.org/uncategorized/6845 CBS 2 in Chicago secured an exclusive [...]


Just another $10 Million Government Pension

View as PDF CHICAGO —All across the country, millions of government pensioners are contract-bound to receive lifetime pension payouts, each in the millions of dollars, along with taxpayer- funded, premium healthcare insurance, according to Rae Ann McNeilly, executive director of Taxpayers United of America (TUA). “There has been a flurry of reaction to the ‘discovery’ [...]


Happy Birthday to the Federal Reserve – 100 Years of War, Welfare, and Pork

View as PDF By Dennis Constant December 2013 is the 100th birthday of the Federal Reserve System (Fed). The Federal Reserve Act was conceived and described in a preliminary version in November 1910, at a secret meeting in the private resort of J. P. Morgan on Jekyll Island, off the coast of Georgia. Republican Senator [...]


Oh, the Hypocrisy of Obama’s Gun Control Advocacy!

View as PDF CHICAGO—President Obama calls for greater gun control and has done so throughout his political career, yet takes great comfort in the knowledge that his daughters are protected by ‘men with guns,’ as stated in interviews with David Letterman and others. “The president seems to think that, ‘We the Little People,’ need more [...]


Stop Oak Park and River Forest District 200 from Raising Our Property Taxes on December 20!

Brought to you by:  Protect District 200 Property Taxpayers Barb Langer, Ph.D., Founder and Barry Epstein, Ph.D., CPA, Forensic Accountant Contact:  NoNewTax@att.net The Board of Education (BOE) for Oak Park-River Forest High School (OPRFHS) District 200 (D200) in Oak Park, Illinois, said on November 15 that D200 will pass a 2.5% property tax increase on [...]


Mayor Emanuel: Fire Striking Teachers, Or Be Fired Yourself

View release as a PDF CHICAGO–Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel should, for once, take the side of Chicago taxpayers and fire the city’s striking teachers, said Jim Tobin, President of Taxpayers United of America (TUA). “Huge raises have been offered to striking teachers. Four percent raises per year would take the average salary of Chicago government-school [...]


Chicago Government-School Administrators Really, Really Rake in the Bucks!

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View release as a PDF CHICAGO–The news that well-paid Chicago government-school teachers have gone on strike because they didn’t get a 29% increase in salaries over 2 years draws attention from the even more outrageous salaries that Chicago government-school administrators are getting, according to Jim Tobin, President of Taxpayers United of America (TUA). “Our recently-obtained [...]


Chicago Teachers’ Strike Would Be Just Plain Stupid!

View release as a PDF CHICAGO–Chicago teachers, who are the second-highest paid big-city teachers in the nation, are demanding an unconscionable pay hike while workers in the private sector struggle to keep their jobs, according to Jim Tobin, President of Taxpayers United of America (TUA). “The average Chicago teacher makes $76,000 a year, according to [...]


Retired Illinois Judges Raking in Gluttonous Pensions

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View release as a PDF CHICAGO–Retired state and county Illinois judges are enjoying some of the most lavish, gold-plated pensions of all Illinois government-pensioners, according to Jim Tobin, President of Taxpayers United of America (TUA). “Even while Springfield political leaders finally are discussing pension reform, judges’ million-dollar pensions are draining their state government-employee pension fund,” [...]


NATO Meeting Costly Ego-Trip For Chicago Pols

View release as a PDF CHICAGO—Chicago’s hosting of the May NATO meetings was an expensive ego-trip for Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and his fellow politicians, charged Jim Tobin, President of Taxpayers United of America (TUA). “Emanuel and his press flacks claimed that holding the NATO meetings put Chicago in a favorable light in the eyes [...]


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 [...]


Warren Buffett Crowned King Of Hypocrisy

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Click here to view News Advisory as a PDF CHICAGO–Warren Buffet is the king of hypocrisy and “should put a cork in it,” according to Jim Tobin, President of Taxpayers United of America (TUA). “I am sick and tired of seeing and hearing the swill expressed by this phony,” said Tobin. “The expose by Peter [...]


Cigarette Tax Hikes Usually Backfire

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Raising cigarette taxes in most instances have backfired on states hoping to get a windfall on the higher taxes. Unintended consequences are the rule, not the exception. States raising cigarette taxes usually find that consumers alter their purchasing patterns. They start getting their cigarettes from sources with lower or no taxes. These sources may be [...]


“Governor Bribe” Again Plays The Game To Earn The Name!

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Two lucky politicos from Oak Lawn were appointed to fill terms in the Illinois General Assembly in 2010.  And in what the Chicago Tribune  calls a “Quinncidence,” after voting for Gov. Patrick Quinn’s huge 67% state income tax increase, they landed cushy jobs with cash-strapped Cook County. John O’Sullivan and Michael Carberry were selected by [...]


Taxpayers Oppose Civic Federation’s Suggested $1-a-pack Cigarette Tax Increase

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CHICAGO–The President of Taxpayers United of America (TUA) today condemned the Civic Federation’s recommendation that the state tax on a pack of cigarettes be raised $1-a-pack. “Not only would such a huge tax increase be counterproductive, but this high regressive tax would drive many small stores out of business, especially minority businesses that are barely [...]


Clueless Gov. Quinn Makes Titanic’s Captain Seem Highly-Skilled By Comparison

The President of Taxpayers United of American (TUA) today compared Gov. Patrick Quinn (D) to the Captain of the Titanic, saying that Quinn makes the Titanic Captain look highly-skilled by comparison. “In his state of the State speech today, Governor Quinn quoted Abraham Lincoln. Well, Lincoln also said ‘You can fool some of the people [...]