In 1976, Jim Tobin founded Taxpayers United of America (TUA), which has become one of the largest taxpayer organizations in the country. He has appeared on hundreds of radio and TV programs including ABC, CBS, FOX, WGN and NBC news programs. His tax-cutting activities have been the subject of articles by major media including the Chicago Tribune, The New York Times, Washington Post, Newsweek, U.S. News and World Report, and the USA Today.
Tobin received an M.A. in International Economics from Northern Illinois University. He worked for nine years as a Federal Reserve Bank Examiner, specializing in international finance. Tobin was one of the first economic experts to predict the collapse of Continental Bank and to warn of the dangerous extension of credit by U.S. banks to bankrupt foreign governments. From 1979 to 1999, Tobin taught economics at Elmhurst College. Tobin gained notoriety in 1977, leading the first successful property tax strike in Illinois history. Subsequently, his organization has saved taxpayers more than $100 billion. In 2002, Tobin ran for Lieutenant Governor of Illinois, representing the Libertarian Party of Illinois.
Rae Ann McNeilly is the Executive Director of Taxpayers United of America. She began at TUA as a volunteer and was asked to join the staff in an official capacity in 2011. As Director of Outreach, Rae Ann was instrumental in making TUA’s national pension tour a success.
Rae Ann has analyzed pensions amounts and pension policy in 19 states and personally visited 17 states. With her vision and expertise, TUA has moved beyond an Illinois-centric organization into one that fights for taxpayers across the country. Rae Ann became Executive Director in 2013.