Illinois Press

Daily Herald | Which suburbs are income tax givers and takers?

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TUA President Jim Tobin was quoted by the Daily Herald about Illinois income taxes and local government. Since municipalities and counties share in the income taxes collected by the state, how much is coming back home? That depends on where you live. Some suburban workers pay a lot more to the state than what comes [...]


ABC 7 Chicago | Temporary tax increase not so temporary?

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TUA President Jim Tobin was featured in a story from ABC 7 Chicago about Illinois’ “temporary” tax increase. To see the video, click on the image below, or go to the ABC 7 website here. SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WLS) — Illinois lawmakers will apparently balance next year’s budget without the state’s temporary income tax increase. The [...]


CBS Chicago | Taxpayer Group: 11,000 State Retirees Get Six-Figure Pensions

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TUA’s annual study of the top Illinois pensioners was featured on CBS Chicago WBBM Newsradio. To listen to the story, click on the player below. CHICAGO (CBS) – A taxpayer group that monitors the state’s pension problems said there are more retired state workers than ever drawing pensions of more than $100,000 per year. Taxpayers [...]


WMBD CBS Channel 31 Peoria | Anti-Tax Group Suggests Pension Reforms

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TUA’s pension project on Peoria, Illinois, is featured in this news story from WMBD CBS Channel 31 Peoria. PEORIA – A group called Taxpayers United of America called out lawmakers at a news conference Tuesday for the state’s massive pension mess. Leaders are suggesting a plan that would put more responsibility on government employees. The [...]


HOI 19 News | Taxpayer group criticizes Illinois pension reform

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TUA’s pension project on Illinois is featured in this news story from HOI 19 News. PEORIA,IL–The head of one taxpayers group says Illinois residents won’t see any lasting impact from the state’s pension reform. “Taxpayers United of America” President Jim Tobin says despite the so called pension reforms passed last year Illinois government pension liabilities [...]


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 [...]