6 Democrats Stand in the Way of Illinois Economic Recovery

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Chicago – “Six Springfield Democrats, any six Democrats or all Springfield Democrats, need to be fired in order to demote Speaker Madigan to House Minority Leader,” stated Jim Tobin, president of Taxpayers United of America.
“Illinois is desperate for real change and it will only be realized by firing Speaker Madigan.”
“I urge everyone to watch our short video that explains why Madigan needs to go. The video is fun, but the situation is dire. Illinois is in desperate straits and Madigan has been calling the shots for 30 years; it’s not hard to connect the dots between bad policy and bad leadership.”
“Share this video with all of your friends; it’s an entertaining way to get the message out to every voter in Illinois.”

Magnum TI and the Case of Illinois’ Fiscal Crisis can be viewed at: http://bit.ly/madiganvideo

Tax Accountability Announces 2012 Endorsements

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Chicago—Today, Tax Accountability, the political action arm of Taxpayers United of America (TUA), announced its Illinois candidate endorsements for the November 6, 2012 general election.
“This is an important time to elect lawmakers at all levels of government, who promise to vote against any and all tax increases,” said Jim Tobin, president of TUA.
“I urge voters to support these individuals who have indicated their intent to spend taxpayer money responsibly and have signed our Taxpayer Protection Pledge in which they vow to vote NO on any tax increases. TUA will not endorse any candidate that does not sign our pledge.”

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Cook County Proposes Huge Tax Hike on Poor

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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 the poor without even a high school diploma, so why propose a tax that will hurt them more than help them? This is also the same group hardest hit by unemployment and crime, which will also be bolstered by this tax increase.”
“It is either naïve or dishonest to promote this tax hike from the bully pulpit at the Stroger Hospital, exploiting the truly sick and suffering as well as those who are dedicated to helping people quit smoking. Recent cigarette tax hikes have done nothing to decrease smoking. From 2006 to 2010, Cook County and Chicago held the country’s second highest tax rate. During that same period, smoking decreased by only 4% in Illinois, but decreased by 18.4% nationally, according to the CDC.”
“The county’s revenue from cigarette taxes fell from $200 million to $131 million, or 34%, after the cigarette tax-increase in 2006. Increasing cigarette taxes does nothing to reduce the number of smokers but, instead, pushes them to purchase across county lines or out of the trunks of black-market dealers.”
“It is difficult to believe that Cook County board president Toni Preckwinkle doesn’t understand the realities of cigarette tax-hikes and their unintended consequences. If revenue decreases, crime increases, and legitimate Cook County businesses will lose business, what is the intent?”
“I will be testifying on this outrageous proposal at the public hearing on Friday, October 26 at 9:00 a.m. in the County Building, 118 N Clark, Room 569. I urge everyone to attend one of the hearings and let the board know that we won’t stand by while taxes are raised on businesses and low-income residents.”
Public Hearings on the 2013 Cook County Budget:
•    Thursday, October 25, 2012 – 6:30pm Public Hearing – Skokie Courthouse (Forest Preserve begins at 6:00 PM)
•    Friday, October 26, 2012 – 9:00am – Public Hearing – County Building, 118 N Clark, Room 569
•    Tuesday, October 30, 2012 – 6:30pm Public Hearing – Markham Courthouse (Forest Preserve begins at 6:00 PM)
•    Thursday, November 1, 2012 – 6:30 pm Public Hearing – Maywood Courthouse
Taxpayers can pre-register to speak at any of the hearings at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/C6JTW3H.