CHICAGO—The president of Illinois’ largest taxpayer organization today named Gov. Patrick Quinn (D) its “Tax Villain of the Month.”

Jim Tobin Announces Pat Quinn as NTUI’s Tax Villain of the Month on October 14, 2010

“Gov. Patrick Quinn, throughout his political career, has been a relentless enemy of Illinois taxpayers,” said Jim Tobin, President of National Taxpayers United of Illinois (NTUI). “He signed every significant tax increase bill approved by the Ill. General Assembly, including five bills that increased our property taxes:

  • SB2125, which increased the first installment of property taxes in Cook County from 50% to 55% of last year’s taxes
  • HB242, which allows local governments to issue bonds without a local property tax increase referendum
  • HB6041, which allows school districts to raise property taxes without a property tax increase referendum and transfer working bond money to any school fund without voter approval
  • SB3010, which allows townships to raise property taxes without a property tax increase referendum to build township halls
  • SB3638, which increased property taxes on recently purchased homes and removed automatic senior citizen property tax exemptions.”

“Not being content with that, Quinn supported raising our state personal income tax 67% and the state corporate income tax from 7.3% to 9.7%, to help fund the lavish, gold-plated pensions received by retired government employees.” “Patrick Quinn is a career politician who does not understand, and has no sympathy for, the concerns of those working to make ends meet in the private sector. It’s time voters send him into a long-overdue retirement. As long as he is in office, Illinois taxpayers need to keep one hand firmly on their wallets

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