Pension Reform

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 [...]


Springfield Tax Villains Push to Raise State Income Tax on 85% of Illinoisans

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View as PDF CHICAGO—Taxpayers United of America (TUA) has released the list of Illinois state legislators who have supported one or more resolutions that seek to add an amendment to the Illinois Constitution to implement a graduated state income tax, announced Jim Tobin, TUA President. “Led by machine bosses Gov. Patrick J. Quinn (D), House [...]


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, [...]


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 [...]


Yes, Pres. Cullerton, Impending Bankruptcy IS a Crisis!

View as PDF CHICAGO—Ill. Senate President, John Cullerton is putting Illinois at risk of going under by denying that the state’s pension systems are in crisis, according to the Executive Director of Taxpayers United of America (TUA). “Illinois’ five government-employee pension plans have a deficit of at least $100 billion,” said Rae Ann McNeilly, of [...]


Green Bay Taxpayers Duped by Government Pension Secrecy

View as PDF Green Bay—Taxpayers United of America (TUA) today released the results of its study of the Green Bay Municipal, Brown County, and Brown County Government school employees. “The State of Wisconsin, hiding behind a secrecy law, refuses to release actual pension payments derived from huge taxpayer subsidies. Because we have a right to [...]


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 [...]


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 [...]


TUA Releases 15th Tax Survey of Illinois General Assembly

View as PDF CHICAGO—Taxpayers United of America (TUA), one of the largest taxpayer organizations in the nation, has released its 15th biennial non-partisan Tax Survey of the Illinois General Assembly, revealing the tax and spending records of every member of the 97th General Assembly from January 2011 to January 2013. “The 97th General Assembly accomplished [...]


Eliminate Cost-of-Living Increases From Government Pensions!

View release as a PDF CHICAGO—The plan offered by Springfield’s “bipartisan pension committee” to cut Illinois’ government pension costs is ineffectual and a public-relations stunt, charged the president of one of the nation’s largest taxpayer organizations. “The committee’s solution is to eventually cut the cost-of-living increases (COLA) of government pensions to half the size of [...]


Rep. Sandack’s “Rain Tax” Opens Floodgates to Corruption and Bureaucrat Control

View as a PDF CHICAGO—The president of Taxpayers United of America (TUA) today called upon DuPage County taxpayers to fight tax increases allowed by HB1522, sponsored by DuPage County State Rep. Ron Sandack (R-81, Downers Grove) and signed by Gov. Patrick Quinn (D). HB1522 allows DuPage County to enact a Rain Tax on all properties in [...]


Shawano City and County Gov. Bureaucrats Work Feverishly to Hide from Taxpayers

Shawano—Taxpayers United of America (TUA) today released the results of its study of the Shawano County, Shawano Municipal, and Shawano government school employees. “The State of Wisconsin refuses to release actual pension payments in an effort to hide the huge subsidies from taxpayers. We can’t let them get away with that so we estimate the [...]


Chicago Government School Pensions Drive Chicago the way of the Motor City

View release as a PDF Chicago—Taxpayers United of America (TUA) today released the results of its second study of the Chicago Teachers’ Pension Fund (CTPF) which reveals many pensioners are on track to collect more than $5 million dollars in lifetime pension payments, benefits that are much more generous than those in the now bankrupt [...]


Shhh! Top Secret Milwaukee Multi-Million $$ Government Pensions

View release as a PDF Milwaukee—Taxpayers United of America (TUA) today released the results of its study of the Milwaukee County, Milwaukee Municipal, and Milwaukee government school employees. “The State of Wisconsin refuses to release actual pension payments in an effort to hide the huge subsidies from taxpayers. We can’t let them get away with [...]


Cook County Property Taxes Increase to Pay Government Pension Millionaires

View as a PDF Chicago—Taxpayers United of America (TUA) today released the results of its study of the Cook County Pension Fund (CCPF) top government pensions. “There are 276 Crook County pensioners getting over $100,000 in annual pension payments taking the total for the state over 10,000”, according to TUA president, Jim Tobin. “The average [...]


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 [...]


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 [...]


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 [...]


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 [...]


Freeze Hiring Until Pension Reforms are Implemented

view as a PDF CHICAGO – The President of Taxpayers United of America (TUA) today called for a freeze of all Illinois government-employee hiring until pension reforms are implemented. “Our most recent government pension study of the Illinois State Police only reinforces our conclusions from previous pension studies. The fact that a young and healthy [...]


WBBM Exclusive – Illinois’ Cushiest Government Pension Deal

View as PDF Jim Tobin, president of Taxpayers United of America (TUA) will discuss with Pam Zekman exclusively, the ‘Cushiest Illinois Government Pension Deal’. 10:00 p.m. news on Channel 2 WBBM TV Today, Monday, April 29 Be sure to tune in to hear Jim discuss the results of our latest government employee pension study – [...]


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’ [...]