Items of Interest

Liar, Liar Dick on Fire!

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View Release as PDF Illinois Senator Richard “Dick” Durbin is not only a habitual liar, but most of the time he gets away with it, according to wizbangblog.com, the media network focusing on news, politics, and entertainment. In its February 11, 2014 article, “Senator Dick Durbin Lies With Impunity,” Warner Todd Huston wrote, “Senator Dick [...]


Tax Freedom Day Comes Late For Illinois – The 7th Highest Tax State

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View Release as PDF The non-partisan Tax Foundation in Washington, DC, just released its annual calculations for its Tax Freedom Day (TFD), and the news is not good. Tax Freedom Day is the day when US taxpayers have earned enough money to pay their total tax bill for the year. After that day, the money [...]


Rockford & Winnebago County Taxpayers Crushed by Gov. Pension Debt

View Release as PDF ROCKFORD—Taxpayers United of America (TUA) today released the results of a new pension study of the pensioners of Rockford Municipal government, Winnebago County government, Winnebago government teachers, and Rock Valley College. “Illinois leaders, Gov. Patrick Quinn (D), Michael Madigan (D), and John Cullerton (D), continue to fail in their duty to [...]


No Property Tax Increase is Temporary for Glenbard SD 87!

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View Release as PDF Chicago – “Glenbard SD 87 government bureaucrats are trying to pass a $35 million property tax increase referendum that will keep your property taxes from decreasing when the current bond debt is paid off,” stated Jim Tobin, president of Taxpayers United of America (TUA). “While home values have decreased, state income [...]


Village of Rochester to Vote on Home Rule March 18

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View Release as PDF “Rochester Village bureaucrats are hoping to strip voters of their right to vote on property tax increases by placing a Home Rule referendum on the March 18 ballot,” stated Jim Tobin, president of Taxpayers United of America (TUA). “Rochester government bureaucrats want to raise taxes at a time when we should [...]


Taxpayers Fight Back on Local Property Tax Increases

View Release as PDF Chicago – Illinois taxpayers are fighting local tax expansion and increase referenda with the help of Taxpayers United of America (TUA). TUA is helping activists in Johnsburg SD 12 and Huntley Park District to defeat property tax increase referenda that would prevent taxpayers from finally getting a property tax cut when [...]


Kane County Taxpayers Fight Back

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View Release as PDF North Aurora – Kane County taxpayers are fighting local tax expansion and property tax increase referenda with the help of Taxpayers United of America (TUA) and Kane Cares About Taxpayers. “The $13 million Kane County property tax increase referendum on the March 18 ballot is the most egregious grab for taxpayer [...]


Illinois’ Proposed Pension ‘Reform’ is a Rotten Deal for Taxpayers

View as PDF CHICAGO—The so-called “pension reform plan” being pushed through by Ill. Sen. Pres. John J. Cullerton (D), Ill. House Speaker Michael J. Madigan (D), Senate Minority Leader Christine Rodogno (R), and House Minority Leader Jim Durkin is being kept a secret from legislators and taxpayers, but smells like a rotten deal for taxpayers, [...]


Tax Breaks for Illinois’ Biggest Employers Cost Taxpayers Dearly

View Release as PDF CHICAGO – Illinois’ effective corporate income tax rate of 9.5% is contributing to the state’s financial woes, according to the president of Taxpayers United of America. “Illinois has the country’s fourth highest corporate income tax rate and rather than helping the state’s crisis level financial woes with increased revenue, it is [...]


Power Structure Turns Back Riverside-Brookfield School District 208 Electioneering Lawsuit

View Release as PDF CHICAGO—The president of Taxpayers United of America (TUA) condemned the unresponsiveness of the legal system in Illinois, which denied an appeal by taxpayers who sued Riverside-Brookfield Sch. Dist. 208 for illegal electioneering. “It’s mindboggling the extent to which local judges protect the status quo, even in the face of convincing evidence [...]


Wisconsin Government Pension Multimillionaires Protected by Secrecy Law

View Release as PDF Madison—Taxpayers United of America (TUA) today released the results of its study of the Wisconsin State, University of Wisconsin, Madison Municipal, Dane County, and Dane County Government school employees. “The State of Wisconsin refuses to release actual pension payments, hiding behind a secrecy law, the huge subsidies from taxpayers. Because we [...]


Red-Light Cameras Rake In Money For Cities As They Increase Accidents

View Release as PDF CHICAGO—Red-light cameras are a scam whose only purpose is to generate millions of dollars for cities and towns, and, furthermore, actually increase accidents, not decrease them, according to Jim Tobin, President of Taxpayers United of America. “Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel must have felt a tingle go up his leg when he [...]


Chicago Speed-Trap Cameras ‘Discriminatory and Racist’

View as PDF CHICAGO—The head of one of the nation’s largest taxpayer organizations today called Chicago’s plan to install more than 100 speed-trap cameras in the city “discriminatory, racist and unconscionable.” “The greed of Chicago politicians knows no bounds,” said Jim Tobin, President of Taxpayers United of America (TUA). “Chicago and the city’s government-employee pension [...]


Tax Accountability Pres. Endorses Canceling Gov. Debt to Itself

View as PDF CHICAGO—The President of Tax Accountability, economist, former Federal Reserve Bank examiner, and legendary tax fighter Jim Tobin, today endorsed the plan by U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson (D-9, Florida) that Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke use his powers to end the debt limit crisis. Grayson, quoted in Business Insider, Oct. 11, 2013, states [...]


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

View as PDF The Illinois state corporate income tax is not 7% as some politicians, columnists and organizations have erroneously stated, but is actually 9.5%, according to the president of one of the nation’s largest taxpayer groups. “The total Illinois corporate state income tax rate of 9.5% includes a base rate of 7% and another [...]


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 [...]


Vote ‘No’ on Knox Community Schools’ Property Tax Increase Referendum!

View as PDF CHICAGO—Taxpayers United of America (TUA) is working with taxpayers in Indiana’s Knox Community School District to oppose the district’s property-tax-increase referendum that will appear on the district’s May 7, 2013 ballot. “This referendum is a money grab for the bureaucrats of the Knox government schools,” said Jim Tobin, TUA president. “Homeowners are [...]


200 ADDITIONAL IL STATE POLICE WILL COST TAXPAYERS $1.5 BILLION

View as PDF CHICAGO—Ill. Gov. Patrick Quinn’s proposal to add roughly 200 additional state police will cost Illinois taxpayers $1.5 billion, conservatively, over the troopers’ expected lifetime—a cost the bankrupt state and battered taxpayers can’t afford, according to Jim Tobin, President of Taxpayers United of America. “Gov. Patrick Quinn (D) is ‘concerned’ that too many state [...]


Taxpayers Win Big in April 9 Election!

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View Release as PDF Chicago – Taxpayers United of America (TUA) helped local activists defeat 4 more property tax increase referenda. This makes our Illinois property tax increase referenda victories 197! We were also successful in 2 of 3 Home Rule battles. We have effectively helped taxpayers beat down 200 Home Rule referenda in our [...]


Tax Fighter Chris Jenner Earns Endorsement from TA in McHenry County College Board Race

View Release as PDF Chicago – Tax Accountability (TA), the political action arm of Taxpayers United of America (TUA) has endorsed Chris Jenner in his bid for McHenry County College Board. “Known as a tax-fighter for his great work on the Cary District 26 School Board, we were happy to support Chris Jenner’s run for the [...]


Lincoln Brutalized the Country and Shredded the Constitution

View as PDF Up until Lincoln’s war, the states assumed they had the right to leave the Union, and, in fact, they did have that right. Neither the 1777 Articles of Confederation nor the 1789 U.S. Constitution prohibited secession. Slavery was not the reason for the War Between the States. Lincoln had other motives when he [...]


Vote No on Golf School Dist. 67 Property Tax Increase Referendum – Again!

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View as PDF CHICAGO—Taxpayers United of America (TUA) is working with taxpayers in Golf School Dist. 67 to oppose the district’s property-tax-increase referendum that will appear on the district’s February 26, 2013 ballot. “This is the only property-tax-increase referendum on the February ballot in the entire State of Illinois,” said Jim Tobin, TUA president. “Homeowners [...]


Wilmette School District 39 Continues to Mislead Public, Cover Up Illegal Ballot Language

View release as a PDF WILMETTE, IL – Despite a recent change to the property tax code that clarifies how property tax increases are calculated, Wilmette School District 39 is choosing to continue its campaign to mislead residents over the illegal ballot language they used in a recent referendum that underestimated tax increases by more [...]


Gold Found in Springfield, IL!

View release as a PDF Springfield—Taxpayers United of America (TUA) today released the results of a new pension study for the Illinois General Assembly, Springfield municipal government employees, Sangamon County government teachers and the University of Illinois. “Illinois lawmakers continue their abuse of taxpayers by ignoring the number one budgetary problem in the state,” stated [...]