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Illinois Gov. Jay Robert “J. B.” Pritzker must begin to open up the State of Illinois and cut taxes, if the state is to avoid going under, according to James L. Tobin, economist and president of Taxpayers United of America (TUA).

“Pritzker is doing exactly the wrong things, and unless he changes course soon, Illinois is finished,” said Tobin.

“The governor is not a stupid man, but he certainly is acting stupidly. He just extended the coronavirus lockdown in Illinois to the end of May, and he stubbornly continues to support his Income Theft Amendment, a graduated state income tax designed to prop up the sick state government-employee pension funds. If approved, this amendment to the State Constitution would totally destroy Illinois’ middle class, put more minority and low-income residents out of work, and accelerate the exodus of taxpayers from Illinois to states with lower taxes.”

“Illinois private-sector businesses and residents need significant tax relief, and they need it now. They can’t go on forever supporting the lavish, gold-plated pensions of retired government employees, many of who retired in their middle fifties and will be paid to do nothing for decades.”

“The quality of life in Illinois is plummeting. The Illinois Policy Institute recently stated that ‘Illinoisans shoulder among the highest tax burdens of any state, and that should come with robust services. But soaring debt and pension costs have left too little room for the things residents need most from government.’ And things will get much worse if Pritzker has his way.”

“Pritzker wants to offset the state’s decline in revenue with a huge state income tax hike, but this would virtually eliminate any chance the state has of recovering a viable economy. According to the April 20 edition of Wirepoints, ‘Illinois enacting a progressive tax hike is like Sears attempting a turnaround by hiking prices.’ Illinois taxpayers must contact their elected representatives of both political parties and demand that they oppose Gov. Pritzker’s destructive policies.”

Governor Pritzker Must Do More For Taxpayers NOW!

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Chicago–Taxpayers United of America (TUA) president Jim Tobin, today criticized Illinois Governor Jay Robert “J. B.” Pritzker’s response to COVID-19.

“Pritzker is killing the Illinois economy,” said Tobin. “On March 25, Pritzker announced he was considering extending the statewide lockdown, and the continued closure of all businesses he deemed non-essential.”

“If the lockdown is extended as is, the Illinois middle class will be devastated. Unlike government employees, taxpayers have to worry if their jobs will still be there after the lockdown. One taxpayer wrote to me, telling how he lost his job of 11 years, and that his former employer would likely close its doors soon. The virus didn’t do that. Pritzker did.”

“Pritzker needs to use his emergency powers to slash taxes to support those struggling in Illinois. Tax cuts will especially be needed if he extends his lockdown order. I know Representatives in the Illinois State House, including Allen Skillicorn (R-66, Crystal Lake), have come forward with a list of actions needed to defend the Illinois economy against the worst of Pritzker’s lockdown. Their proposed sales tax holiday will be particularly useful in getting Illinois moving again.”

“Pushing back the state income tax deadline to that of the new federal income tax deadline is not enough. Taxpayers need immediate relief, and the defeat of all new tax increases, including the November 3 Income Theft Amendment, are necessary for recovery.”


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The huge amount of money planned to fight the coronavirus in the U.S., currently reported to be as much as $2 trillion, may not only be unnecessary, but could cripple the U.S. economy for decades, according to economist Jim Tobin, president of Taxpayers United of America (TUA).

“The media continues to spread gloom and doom, with the result that U.S. citizens are freaking out,” said Tobin. “And politicians in the federal government are afraid for their jobs and don’t have the guts to control spending for fear voters will think they are not taking the virus seriously.”

“Yet the news is not all bad. Consumer advocate and financial advisor Dave Ramsey has disclosed a number of facts that should encourage optimism.”  

  • China has closed all 16 temporary coronavirus hospitals in Wuhan; not enough new cases to support them.
  • Doctors in India have successfully treated an Italian coronavirus patient using Lopinavir, Ritonavir, Oseltamivir and Chloroquine.
  • Researchers in Rotterdam and Utrecht University are first in the world to discover an antibody preventing an infection by coronavirus.
  • Apple has reopened all 42 of its stores in China.
  • Cleveland Clinic has developed a test that gives results in hours, not days.
  • The number of new cases in South Korea is declining.
  • Multiple potential coronavirus vaccines are being developed and tested, with at least three in the U.S.

“It’s time Washington paused to consider the potential damage to our civil liberties and national economy, not to mention maybe wiping out most small business in every state. Americans have weathered and overcome numerous catastrophes, and this is not the time to panic and spend the country into bankruptcy.”



Taxpayers United Of America: (TUA). is a nonpartisan, 501(c)(4) taxpayer advocacy group. Founded June 27, 1976 in Chicago, Illinois by activist and economist Jim Tobin, TUA works on behalf of taxpayers to reduce local, state, and federal taxes. In the past forty years, TUA has saved taxpayers more than $200 billion n taxes and has become one of the largest taxpayer organizations in America. Check All posts. s.


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