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Liar, Liar Dick on Fire!

Dick Durbin

View Release as PDF Illinois Senator Richard “Dick” Durbin is not only a habitual liar, but most of the time he gets away with it, according to, the media network focusing on news, politics, and entertainment. In its February 11, 2014 article, “Senator Dick Durbin Lies With Impunity,” Warner Todd Huston wrote, “Senator Dick [...]

Tax Freedom Day Comes Late For Illinois – The 7th Highest Tax State

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View Release as PDF The non-partisan Tax Foundation in Washington, DC, just released its annual calculations for its Tax Freedom Day (TFD), and the news is not good. Tax Freedom Day is the day when US taxpayers have earned enough money to pay their total tax bill for the year. After that day, the money [...]

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 [...]

Get Out and Vote!

View as PDF Today is the general primary election in Illinois and we need all taxpayers to get out and vote! There are well over 100 property tax increase referenda across the state and not a single one of them should pass! Remember that about 80% of local taxes go to salaries and benefits of [...]

No Property Tax Increase is Temporary for Glenbard SD 87!


View Release as PDF Chicago – “Glenbard SD 87 government bureaucrats are trying to pass a $35 million property tax increase referendum that will keep your property taxes from decreasing when the current bond debt is paid off,” stated Jim Tobin, president of Taxpayers United of America (TUA). “While home values have decreased, state income [...]

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


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 [...]

Village of Rochester to Vote on Home Rule March 18


View Release as PDF “Rochester Village bureaucrats are hoping to strip voters of their right to vote on property tax increases by placing a Home Rule referendum on the March 18 ballot,” stated Jim Tobin, president of Taxpayers United of America (TUA). “Rochester government bureaucrats want to raise taxes at a time when we should [...]

Taxpayers Fight Back on Local Property Tax Increases

View Release as PDF Chicago – Illinois taxpayers are fighting local tax expansion and increase referenda with the help of Taxpayers United of America (TUA). TUA is helping activists in Johnsburg SD 12 and Huntley Park District to defeat property tax increase referenda that would prevent taxpayers from finally getting a property tax cut when [...]

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, [...]

Tax Breaks for Illinois’ Biggest Employers Cost Taxpayers Dearly

View Release as PDF CHICAGO – Illinois’ effective corporate income tax rate of 9.5% is contributing to the state’s financial woes, according to the president of Taxpayers United of America. “Illinois has the country’s fourth highest corporate income tax rate and rather than helping the state’s crisis level financial woes with increased revenue, it is [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Red-Light Cameras Rake In Money For Cities As They Increase Accidents

View Release as PDF CHICAGO—Red-light cameras are a scam whose only purpose is to generate millions of dollars for cities and towns, and, furthermore, actually increase accidents, not decrease them, according to Jim Tobin, President of Taxpayers United of America. “Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel must have felt a tingle go up his leg when he [...]

Chicago Speed-Trap Cameras ‘Discriminatory and Racist’

View as PDF CHICAGO—The head of one of the nation’s largest taxpayer organizations today called Chicago’s plan to install more than 100 speed-trap cameras in the city “discriminatory, racist and unconscionable.” “The greed of Chicago politicians knows no bounds,” said Jim Tobin, President of Taxpayers United of America (TUA). “Chicago and the city’s government-employee pension [...]

Tax Accountability Pres. Endorses Canceling Gov. Debt to Itself

View as PDF CHICAGO—The President of Tax Accountability, economist, former Federal Reserve Bank examiner, and legendary tax fighter Jim Tobin, today endorsed the plan by U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson (D-9, Florida) that Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke use his powers to end the debt limit crisis. Grayson, quoted in Business Insider, Oct. 11, 2013, states [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Taxpayers Win Big in April 9 Election!


View Release as PDF Chicago – Taxpayers United of America (TUA) helped local activists defeat 4 more property tax increase referenda. This makes our Illinois property tax increase referenda victories 197! We were also successful in 2 of 3 Home Rule battles. We have effectively helped taxpayers beat down 200 Home Rule referenda in our [...]

Taxpayers Fight Back on Local Tax Increases

View Release as PDF Chicago – Illinois taxpayers are fighting local tax expansion and increase referenda with the help of Taxpayers United of America (TUA). TUA is helping activists in Itasca SD 10 and McClellan CCSD 12 to defeat property tax increase referenda; Country Club Hills to repeal Home Rule, and in South Chicago Heights and Anna to stop Home [...]

Vote No on Golf School Dist. 67 Property Tax Increase Referendum – Again!


View as PDF CHICAGO—Taxpayers United of America (TUA) is working with taxpayers in Golf School Dist. 67 to oppose the district’s property-tax-increase referendum that will appear on the district’s February 26, 2013 ballot. “This is the only property-tax-increase referendum on the February ballot in the entire State of Illinois,” said Jim Tobin, TUA president. “Homeowners [...]

Cook County Proposes Huge Tax Hike on Poor

View release as a PDF Chicago–Cook County Board boss Toni Preckwinkle’s promotion of a $1.00-per-pack tax increase on cigarettes as a humanitarian initiative has questionable motives, according to Rae Ann McNeilly, director of outreach for Taxpayers United of America (TUA). “Such an increase targets those who can least afford it,” said McNeilly. “Smoking is most prevalent among [...]

Taxpayers Fight Home Rule Taxing Powers


View release as PDF CHICAGO-”Home Rule” is one of the most financially devastating schemes Illinois politicians have ever come up with, according to Jim Tobin, President of Taxpayers United of America (TUA). “Home Rule means, literally, Home Rule Unlimited Taxing Power,” said Tobin. “A Home Rule municipality can create just about any tax under the [...]

It’s a Spending Problem, Not a Revenue Problem – Even in Shawano, Wisconsin!


View release as a PDF SHAWANO—Taxpayers United of America (TUA) released salaries and estimated pension payouts for Shawano School District government employees. “At a time when bureaucrats are trying to raise property taxes, one might think that they tighten their own belts, but not in Shawano, Wisconsin! They intend to also give themselves a 2% [...]

TUA’s Christina Tobin To Speak Against Proposed Chicago Speed-Trap Cameras


View release as a PDF CHICAGO—Christina Tobin, Vice President of Taxpayers United of America (TUA), will speak against Chicago’s proposed speed-camera ordinance on Wednesday, April 11. The Committee on Pedestrian and Traffic Safety will convene at 1 PM in City Council Chambers at City Hall Wednesday, April 11, to discuss the proposed law. The proposed law would [...]