Illinois Press

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 [...]


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 [...]


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 [...]


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.


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 [...]


Daily Herald | Residents protest DuPage stormwater fee proposal

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TUA’s commentary on a new “rain tax” in DuPage County was featured in an article at Daily Herald. It could take years for DuPage County officials to decide whether to impose a stormwater utility fee on every landowner in the county — but some residents already are organizing to oppose the idea. More than 30 [...]


My Suburban Life | Tax reform advocate group protests DuPage County stormwater bill

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TUA’s commentary on a new “rain tax” in DuPage County was featured in an article at My Suburban Life. The president of Taxpayers United of America called upon DuPage County taxpayers Tuesday to protest the possibility of a stormwater utility fee in DuPage County. TUA President Jim Tobin called the possible fee a “rain tax.” Tobin’s [...]


Chicago Tribune | New law allows DuPage to shrink government

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Rae Ann McNeilly, Executive Director of Taxpayers United for America, was quoted in the Chicago Tribune on legislation allowing DuPage County to consolidate government. How many government officials does it take to change a light bulb in a subdivision near Naperville? Too many, according to advocates of streamlined government, who celebrated Gov. Pat Quinn’s signature [...]


The Globe and Mail | Pension liabilities drive America’s cities to their knees

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TUA’s study on Chicago police pensions was referenced in an article at The Globe and Mail. It turns out Jane Jacobs was wrong. Rationalist urban planners weren’t the worst thing that ever happened to the Great American City. Pension-promising politicians have done far more harm. That’s clear in newly bankrupt Detroit, which spends 40 cents [...]


Chicago Now | Kelly responds to Illinois Policy Institute’s John Tillman on school choice

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Jim Tobin, President of Taxpayers United for America, was mentioned in the following article by William Kelly at Chicago Now. Chicago, Illinois, June 24, 2013 – I read with some interest “The Fight for Educational Choice Lives On” by Illinois Policy Institute’s John Tillman on the Illinois Review. I, too, share the dream that is [...]