Taxpayers to Mayor Daley: It's the Spending, Richie

CHICAGO—The head of Illinois’ largest taxpayer organization today slammed Chicago Mayor Richard M. “Richie” Daley for shifting blame for the city’s huge property tax increases to bureaucrat James Houlihan, the Cook County Assessor.
Jim Tobin, president of National Taxpayers United of Illinois (NTUI) accused Daley of “shameless tax-raising and blame-shifting.”
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Taxpayers Breath Olympic-sized Sigh of Relief

Chicago lost the bid on Friday to host the 2016 Olympic Games. NTUI, in cooperation with organizations such as NoGamesChicago, was at the forefront in opposing the bid, citing the likely cost overruns that would cost taxpayers billions and the risk of terrorism that hosting the Olympics would bring to Chicago.
With the game-playing over, government officials in Chicago and Springfield can stop imagining ways to spend more taxpayer dollars and instead work on reducing government spending and lowering taxes. Reducing the tax burden on families and businesses is the best path to the economic recovery Illinois needs.