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WIFR TV | Survey Shows Local Retiree Pension Numbers

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TUA’s pension project on Winnebago County, Illinois, is featured in this news story from WIFR TV. Watch video of the story here. WINNEBAGO COUNTY (WIFR) — The Chicago-based Taxpayers United of America released a survey today of large pension retirees from Winnebago County governments and schools. The list is the latest in examples by the [...]


Kane County Chronicle | Show You Care Kane referendum falls short

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TUA Executive Director Rae Ann McNeilly was quoted by the Kane County Chronicle about the defeat of the Kane County tax hike. The massive effort in the past year to support a property tax increase of 0.1 percent in Kane County came to a resounding defeat Tuesday, according to unofficial election results, with 25,487 voting [...]


CBS Chicago | Kane County Property Tax Referendum Draws Opposition

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TUA Executive Director Rae Ann McNeilly was quoted by CBS Chicago in an article about the Kane County tax hike. (CBS) – A local anti-tax group wants to defeat a referendum next week which would raise Kane County property taxes to help developmentally disabled adults. WBBM Newsradio’s Steve Miller reports people who support the proposed [...]


Chicago Tribune | Glenbard D87 seeks $35 million for renovations

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TUA President Jim Tobin was quoted in a Chicago Tribune article about the Glenbard tax hike. Voters in the March primary will decide whether Glenbard High School District 87 can borrow $35 million to upgrade its buildings. If the tax increase is approved, debt will be refinanced so the tax rate will not be increased [...]


Daily Herald | Kane County disability tax referendum still seeing opposition

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TUA’s work in helping Kane County taxpayers oppose property-tax-increase referenda was featured in the Daily Herald. Advocates of a new tax that would provide up to $13 million for Kane County residents with development disabilities are trying to educate the public about exactly how the new tax would work. But just the idea of any [...]


My Suburban Life | District 87 officials, local parent group seek support for $35 million referendum

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TUA President Jim Tobin was quoted in a My Suburban Life article about the Glenbard tax hike. GLEN ELLYN – Voters headed to the polls this month in Glenbard Township High School District 87 will be asked to support the issuance of $35 million in bonds to fund facility projects at the district’s four schools. [...]


Northwest Herald | Disabilities ballot question seeks support for services in Kane County

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TUA’s work in helping Kane County taxpayers oppose property-tax-increase referenda was featured in the Northwest Herald. Kane County voters will be asked to support a property tax increase of 0.1 percent on the March 18 primary ballot to fund services for people with developmental disabilities. If the measure passes and the Kane County Board approves [...]


Chicago Tribune | South Berwyn schools seek tax hike for improvements

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TUA President Jim Tobin was quoted in a Chicago Tribune article about the South Berwyn tax hike. Voters living south of Cermak Road in Berwyn will decide March 18 whether to increase their taxes to renovate and expand District 100 schools. Two questions are asking for a $1.40 tax rate increase, up to $4.30 from [...]


Northwest Herald | Taxpayer group urges voters to reject local referenda

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TUA’s work in helping Huntley and Johnsburg taxpayers oppose property-tax-increase referenda was featured in the Northwest Herald. A Chicago-based taxpayer group with a national reach is working to defeat two referenda in Huntley and Johnsburg that the group’s president says enrich local bureaucrats and increase property taxes on residents. Jim Tobin, president of Taxpayers United [...]


WLUK-TV FOX 11 | Open government doesn’t apply to Wis. pension recipient payouts

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Findings from TUA’s pension project on the state of Wisconsin are featured in this news story from WLUK-TV Fox 11. MADISON – Wisconsin boasts the best state retirement pension system in the country. State figures show the plan holds more than $90 billion in trust. But specifics on the amounts paid out to individuals is [...]


Medill Reports | Ald. Fioretti: City Council bond vote puts Chicago on the ‘real road to Detroit’

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TUA President Jim Tobin was quoted about Chicago debt in Northwestern University’s Medill Reports. Despite Chicago’s debt being among the worst in the nation, the City Council voted Wednesday to allow the city to issue bonds up to $900 million and authorized borrowing another $1 billion for Midway Airport. The measure passed without discussion, with [...]


Illinois Review | Taxpayers United of America endorses Rauner, Oberweis, Harris, Williams, Bayne

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TUA’s endorsement of various Illinois state candidates was featured on Illinois Review. Tax Accountability (TA), the political action arm of Taxpayers United of America (TUA), has announced its candidate endorsements for the March 18, 2014 primary election. The are: Governor: Bruce Rauner US Senate: Jim Oberweis 3rd Congr. District of IL: Diane M. Harris 9th [...]


Kane County Chronicle | School districts facing rules regarding principal, teacher evaluations

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Rae Ann McNeilly, Executive Director of Taxpayers United for America, provided commentary on teacher evaluations and academic performance for the Kane County Chronicle. In receiving a three-year contract to head Batavia School District 101, new Batavia School Superintendent Lisa Hichens’ contract is linked to student performance and academic performance within the district. In receiving a [...]


MLive.com | Issues that brought Detroit to bankruptcy haunt other Michigan cities

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Findings from TUA’s pension project on Grand Rapids, Michigan are featured in the following article at MLive.com. As headlines mount for the largest U.S. city to file for bankruptcy, Detroit is now the undisputed punching bag for all that can go wrong in a community. But just how immune is the rest of Michigan to Detroit’s [...]


U-T San Diego | City has posted 5,600 pensions

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Rae Ann McNeilly, Executive Director of Taxpayers United for America, provided commentary on San Diego pension policy for the U-T San Diego. Last year’s pension reform measure for San Diego has not been completely implemented, but the city has fulfilled a requirement to post a list of all its pensioners and how much they are [...]


Chicago Now: Top Illinois Democrat goes blind; says state’s huge pension debt not a ‘crisis’

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TUA’s commentary on Illinois’ corporate income tax was featured in an article by Dennis Byrne at Chicago Now. UPDATED: Illinois Senate President John Cullerton said Sunday that the state’s massive public employee pension debt is not a “crisis,” but instead an issue being pushed by business-backed groups seeking lower income taxes at the expense of [...]


Wisconsin Reporter | Report shines light on government employee salary

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Findings from TUA’s pension project on Dane County, Wisconsin, are featured in this story from Watchdog.org. By Ryan Ekvall | Wisconsin Reporter MADISON – Want to increase your salary? Join the Dane County government workforce. Hundreds of public employees in Madison and throughout Dane County take home more than the average Wisconsin family, raking in six figure salaries and [...]


WHO Newsradio 1040 | The Real Gotcha Cam Scandal

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Jim Tobin, President of Taxpayers United for America, appeared on WHO Newsradio 1040 to discuss Chicago red-light cameras and Iowa government pensions. To listen, click on the player below.


Watchdog.org | Madison mayor: Government shutdown worse than 1960s leftist bombings

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Findings from TUA’s Wisconsin pension project are featured in this story from Watchdog.org. By Ryan Ekvall | Wisconsin Reporter MADISON — The 1960s and ’70s leftists who bombed government buildings and killed Americans were less damaging than the partial federal government shutdown – so said Madison Mayor Paul Soglin, introducing Vietnam War-era domestic terrorist Bill [...]


MyStateline.com | Illinois-based Taxpayer Group Endorses U.S. ‘Cancelling’ Trillions in Debt

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TUA’s commentary on the federal government’s debt default crisis was featured in an article at mystateline.com. CHICAGO — The President of a Chicago based tax group is urging the U.S. to end its debt default crisis by simply cancelling a portion of the debt. Jim Tobin, President of ‘Tax Accountability,’ is endorsing an idea floated by [...]


Left Right and You Radio | Jim Tobin and Illinois Pensions

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Jim Tobin, President of Taxpayers United for America, appeared on Left Right and You Radio to discuss Illinois’ pension problem. To listen, click on the player below.


Northwest Herald | Schaumburg: Friends, enemies when it comes to taxes

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TUA’s 15th tax survey of the Illinois General Assembly was featured in an article at Northwest Herald. When it comes to friends and enemies of taxpayers, McHenry County residents have neither – not even Jack Franks. That’s the opinion of Taxpayers United of America, one of the largest taxpayer organizations in the country. TUA last week [...]


ABC 7 Chicago | I-Team discovers taxpayer-funded Supreme Court facelift

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TUA President Jim Tobin was featured in a story from ABC 7 Chicago on the taxpayer-funded state Supreme Court renovation. To see the video, click on the player below, or go to the ABC 7 website here. By Chuck Goudie and Ross Weidner September 23, 2013 (WLS) — Even though Illinois is broke and the [...]


Illinois Policy Institute | Illinois’ state government pension crisis and the top 100 pensioners

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Findings from TUA’s Illinois pension project are featured at the Illinois Policy Institute website. Illinois’ current unfunded state government pension liabilities total approximately $200 billion under Moody’s Investors Service’s new methodology. The Illinois Policy Institute estimates that the state’s pension funding ratio is currently less than 25 percent, meaning the state has the worst-funded pension [...]