Chicago Police and Fire Pensions: FAIL

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Chicago Police and Fire Pensions: FAILChicago, Items of Interest, Latest, News Releases, Taxpayer Alert

by admin on January 14, 2015 with 0 comment

CHICAGO – Chicagoans aren’t getting their money’s worth for their police and fire departments, according to Illinois’s largest taxpayer organization, Taxpayers United of America (TUA).

“Our study of Chicago police and firefighter pensions shows that we are paying through the nose for a system that has failed us at every level,” said Jim Tobin, president of TUA…

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TAXPAYER ALERT: State Income Tax Hike Possible in January

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TAXPAYER ALERT: State Income Tax Hike Possible in JanuaryItems of Interest, Latest, News Releases, Taxpayer Alert

by admin on December 31, 2014 with 0 comment

Illinois taxpayers may be blindsided by a January vote to make the 67% increase in the state income tax permanent, according to Jim Tobin, President of Taxpayers United of America.

“Outgoing Gov. Patrick Quinn (D), whom the Wall Street Journal has called the nation’s worst governor, just won’t go without creating more turmoil in his final days. Quinn has called a special session of the Ill. General Assembly for January 8 that will cost taxpayers $50,000,” said Tobin.

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25th Anniversary of First Federal Entitlement Repeal

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25th Anniversary of First Federal Entitlement RepealCommentary, Foundation, Items of Interest, Latest, TEF

by admin on December 15, 2014 with 0 comment

Saturday marked the 25th anniversary of the signing of the Medicare Catastrophic Coverage and Repeal Act of 1989, the first time a major federal entitlement was repealed.

Victory seemed unobtainable for taxpayers until senior citizens led a protest in August of 1989 against Congressman Dan Rostenkowski (D-IL), chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, garnering media attention and energizing an anti-tax movement in Illinois and across the United States…

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Taxpayers Demand Gov. Quinn Veto Property Tax Theft

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Taxpayers Demand Gov. Quinn Veto Property Tax TheftItems of Interest, Latest, News Releases, Taxpayer Alert

by admin on December 9, 2014 with 0 comment

Before recently defeated Gov. Pat Quinn (D) leaves office, taxpayers urge that he veto SB 3341, a bill that passed through the state legislature December 3 and will increase the property tax bills of McHenry County taxpayers. According to the president of Taxpayers United of America (TUA), increased property taxes amount to strong-arm robbery…

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Home Rule: The Most Insidious Form of Government Anywhere in the United States of America

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Home Rule: The Most Insidious Form of Government Anywhere in the United States of AmericaCommentary, Foundation, Latest, TEF

by admin on December 4, 2014 with 0 comment

“Home Rule means Home Ruin.”
– Jim Tobin, President of Taxpayer Education Foundation (TEF).

In 1970, Illinois adopted a new constitution that designated any municipality with a population greater than 25,000 as a home rule unit. In addition, municipalities can vote to adopt Home Rule, or repeal Home Rule if they already have it. “Illinois Home Rule gives unlimited taxing power to bureaucrats,” said Jim Tobin, President of Taxpayer Education Foundation (TEF).

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This is Why Judges Get Pensions

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This is Why Judges Get PensionsItems of Interest, Latest, News Releases

by admin on November 25, 2014 with 0 comment

Chicago—Taxpayers United of America (TUA) did not endorse or support the government pension reform that was passed last year because it fell drastically short of what is needed to adequately reform Illinois’ government pension cabal. It is no surprise that judges ruled to protect the rights of pensioners at the expense of every taxpayer in the state…

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Stunning Champaign and Decatur Government Pensions Crush TaxpayersIllinois, Items of Interest, Latest, News Releases, Pension Reform, Taxpayer Alert

by admin on November 12, 2014 with 2 comments

Champaign—Taxpayers United of America (TUA) today released the results of a new study of the pensioners of the Cities of Champaign and Decatur, Macon and Champaign County government schools, Richland Community College, and University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. “Hundreds of retired local government retirees are getting multi-million dollar pensions,” stated Rae Ann McNeilly, executive director of TUA…

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