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Bread and Circuses: The F-35 Buzzes Over Chicago

Bread and Circuses: The F-35 Buzzes Over Chicago

CHICAGO — If the city of Chicago were a house, the State would have condemned it as blighted property long ago, bulldozing its rotten wood and crumbling concrete structure into a pile fit for a funeral pyre. Chicago hasn’t been condemned yet, despite the city’s abundance of bureaucrats, infamous history of government corruption and violence wrought upon its residents, and its atrocious financial standing. Chicago remains a dilapidated house, but one that’s on the verge of burning down in a self-inflicted economic arson fire.

Dispatches|Report: Severe fixes necessary for Illinois pensions

Dispatches|Report: Severe fixes necessary for Illinois pensions

Taxpayers United of America’s Executive Director, Jared Labell,  was featured on Dispatches with John Biver, discussing TUA’s 10th Annual Report on Illinois State Pensions. Conservatives have failed so miserably in the information war that this line could be spoken by a policy analyst: “For many of these [government employee] pensioners they’re already recouping all of their contributions barely

Chicago Teacher Pensions Exacerbate City’s Property Tax Hikes

Chicago Teacher Pensions Exacerbate City’s Property Tax Hikes

View as PDF CHICAGO—Taxpayers United of America (TUA) today released the results of its study of the Chicago Teachers’ Pension Fund (CTPF). The study evaluates data collected for more than 25,000 individual pension recipients through Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests, analyzes the overall solvency of the pension fund, and explains how these findings relate

Government Pensions Gobbling Up Tax Dollars in Henry County

Government Pensions Gobbling Up Tax Dollars in Henry County

View as PDF Geneseo, IL – Taxpayers United of America (TUA) has released its most recent government pension study exposing individual pensions for Henry County government retirees, as well as Geneseo and Kewanee municipal, local school, and police retirees. “There are more than 240 retired government teachers in Henry County collecting pensions that will accrue

Former Gov. James R. Thompson Lives Lavishly as Social Security Recipients Struggle

Former Gov. James R. Thompson Lives Lavishly as Social Security Recipients Struggle

View as PDF CHICAGO—Former Illinois Governor James R. Thompson, who in 1983 and 1989 engineered raising Illinois’ state personal and corporate income tax rates by 20 percent, will receive a generous increase to his lavish, gold-plated state pension on July 1, 2016, while Illinois residents on Social Security government pensions will see negligible increases to

Tobin Talks Tax Revolts and Government Pensions in Glenview

Tobin Talks Tax Revolts and Government Pensions in Glenview

Glenview–On Thursday, June 23, 2016, Jim tobin, founder and president of Taxpayers United of America (TUA), spoke before a crowd of more than sixty taxpayers in Glenview, IL to discuss the financial challenges taxpayers are currently facing in Illinois, and the chances of substantive reforms. Organized by Lucinda Kasperson, Tobin recounted for attendees TUA’s four

10th Annual Illinois State Pensions Report

10th Annual Illinois State Pensions Report

View as PDF View the Grids CHICAGO—Taxpayers United of America (TUA) today released the results of their 10th Annual Illinois State Pensions Report, which analyzes Illinois’ General Assembly Retirement System (GARS), Judges’ Retirement System (JRS), Teachers’ Retirement System (TRS), State Universities Retirement System (SURS), State Employees’ Retirement System (SERS), and the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund

CTU Members Agitate for More Tax Increases

CTU Members Agitate for More Tax Increases

View as PDF Chicago—Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) members descended upon multiple downtown locations today to demand more taxes and higher taxes for Chicago taxpayers. The “Fund Our Schools Now!” protests culminated at Chicago’s City Hall with demonstrators chanting slogans against Gov. Bruce Rauner (R), Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel (D), and calling for more tax dollars

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