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Taxpayers Name St. Rep. Norine K. Hammond “Taxpayer Traitor”

James Tobin |  President

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October 26, 2017

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TAXPAYERS NAME ST. REP. NORINE K. HAMMOND “TAXPAYER TRAITOR”

Taxpayers named State Rep. Norine K. Hammond (R-93, Macomb) a “Taxpayer Traitor” for joining ten other Republicans to override Gov. Bruce Rauner’s veto of the huge, 32% Democrat-sponsored state personal income tax increase.

Click HERE for printable version of the flyer.
“Rep. Hammond betrayed her constituents and all Illinois taxpayers when she became a turncoat and supported Chicago machine boss and Ill. House Speaker Michael J. Madigan (D-22, Chicago),” said Jim Tobin, TUA President.
“Hammond and her fellow Republican traitors made possible the largest permanent income tax hike in the state’s history, increasing the personal income tax rate to 4.95 percent from 3.75 percent, and the corporate income tax rate from 7.75 percent to 9.5 percent. Most of the $5 billion from this latest income tax increase will be funneled into the state’s floundering government-employee pension funds, just like previous income tax increases.”
“Illinois is bankrupt. No state tax increase of any size can pull Illinois out of its financial death-spiral. In November 2018, taxpayers need to put on the statewide ballot a constitutional amendment to repeal the pension-protection clause of the Illinois State Constitution. The lavish, gold-plated pensions of retired government employees need to be drastically cut.”
“In the next Republican primary, taxpayers need to run a tax-cut candidate against Norine Hammond and her fellow tax traitors. These ne’er-do-wells have disgraced the conservative principles of their political party.”
“We will be distributing ‘Wanted’ flyers throughout Hammond’s district, showing her behind bars, as well as giving her negative notoriety across the state. If Hammond has any sense, she won’t run again. Illinois taxpayers need to dump tax-raising Republicans-in-name-only and elect true fiscal conservatives.”
Link To Previous TUA Tax Traitor News Release.

Seven of Eleven Republican Taxpayer Traitors Exposed by TUA Will Not Run Again

James Tobin |  President

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October 16, 2017

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SEVEN OF ELEVEN REPUBLICAN TAXPAYER TRAITORS

EXPOSED BY TUA WILL NOT RUN AGAIN

CHICAGO—Seven of eleven Republican taxpayer traitors in the Ill. General Assembly, exposed by Taxpayers United of America (TUA) in a news release dated 7/12/17, will not be running for reelection, announced Jim Tobin, TUA President.
“These taxpayer traitors listed below betrayed Illinois taxpayers by voting with Democrat House Speaker and Chicago machine boss Michael Madigan to override Gov. Bruce Rauner’s veto of the 32% state income tax increase,” said Tobin. “The Illinois General Assembly will be rid of these turncoats who betrayed their constituents.”
“Most of the $5 billion from this latest income tax increase will be funneled into the state’s government-employee pension funds, just like previous income tax increases.”
“While Illinois taxpayers are fleeing Illinois for states with lower taxes, retired government employees continue to enjoy lavish, gold-plated pensions, courtesy of Illinois taxpayers.”
Rep. Steven A. Andersson (R-65, Geneva) (won’t run again)
Rep. Terri Bryant (R-115, Mt. Vernon)
Rep. Mike Fortner (R-49, West Chicago) (won’t run again)
Rep. Norine K. Hammond (R-93, Macomb)
Rep. David Harris (R-3, Mt. Prospect) (won’t run again)
Rep. Chad Hays (R-104, Danville) (won’t run again)
Rep. Sara Wojcicki Jimenez (R-99, Springfield) (won’t run again)
Rep. Bill Mitchell (R-101, Decatur) (won’t run again)
Rep. Reginald Phillips (R-110, Charleston) (won’t run again)
Rep. Michael D. Unes (R-91, Pekin)
St. Sen. Dale A. Righter (R-55, Matoon)
Link to  Steven Anderson news release. 
Link to David Harris news release. 
Tax Traitor Steve Andersson

Cook Co. Soda Tax Would Subsidize Lavish, Gold-Plated Pensions of Retired Cook Co. Politicians and Bureaucrats

James Tobin |  President

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October 10, 2017

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The Director of Outreach of Taxpayers United of America (TUA), today urged Cook County Commissioners to repeal the “soda” tax, saying most of the funds from the regressive tax would subsidize the already “lavish, gold-plated pensions” of retired county politicians and bureaucrats.
On November 10, 2016, the Cook County Board of Commissioners passed the “Cook County Sweetened Beverage Tax Ordinance.” The tax imposed is a one-cent-per-ounce on the retail sale of all sweetened beverages in Cook County.
“As of 2013, 276 Cook County pensioners were getting over $100,000 in annual pension payments,” said Val Zimnicki. “The average retirement age of these 276 retirees is only about 60, with an average estimated lifetime payout of $4.7 million.”
“I wish I could give you figures updated as of today, but the Cook County Board has been stonewalling us, and has not responded to our Freedom of Information request.”
“Cook County has some of the highest property taxes in the country and government salaries and pensions are the reason. Most of county spending is for salaries and benefits of the government employees. Furthermore, Cook County politician’s taxpayers elected have failed to reform the very system that siphons away our wealth for their own benefit.”
“Our 2013 study revealed some alarming figures.”
Click here to view the Top 200 Government Pensions as of 4/1/13 for Cook County.
Alon Winnie collected a taxpayer-funded annual pension of $330,323 and will accumulate a stunning $4,698,522
in lifetime pension payments. *”
John Barrett had an annual pension of $321,854. Having retired at only 58 years of age, he will enjoy a staggering estimated lifetime payout of $10,037,135. His contribution of the estimated lifetime payout would be only 3.8%. *
“James Stone, who retired at age 55, will collect at least $10 million in total estimated lifetime benefits.” *
“Roxanne Roberts, who retired at age 57, also will collect at least $10 million in total estimated lifetime benefits.” *
“It’s mathematically impossible to tax your way out of this problem. Illinois has more than 17,000 retirees collecting more than $100,000 pensions each year. Government pensions must be cut or the system will collapse.”
To see all 276 Cook County pensions visit our web site at taxpayersunitedofamerica.org.
*Lifetime estimated pension payout includes 3% compounded COLA and assumes life expectancy of 85 (IRS Form 590).

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