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CHICAGO—The Democrat party establishment has challenged the petition signatures turned in by the independent ticket of entrepreneur William “Dock” Walls and economist and taxpayer advocate, James L. “Jim” Tobin.
“The left-wing, billionaire Democrat candidate, J.B. Pritzker, is behind the challenge,” said Jim Tobin, candidate for Lt. Governor, and president of Taxpayers United of America.
“Pritzker, a tool of Chicago machine boss and Ill. House Speaker, Michael J. Madigan, wants to raise state taxes again in order to pump more taxpayer dollars into the dying state pension funds for retired government employees. The dollars from the last, huge state income tax increase were pumped into the failing state pension funds. It barely moved the needle.”
“Based on 2018 pension data and the annual reports of the specific pension funds, at least 19,481 pensioners are receiving $100,000 or more in annual pension payments. No wonder the pension funds are foundering, and no wonder Springfield Democrats want to raise state taxes again.”
“Pritzker supports placing the Income Tax Increase Amendment on the statewide ballot, which current and retired state-government employees will vote for overwhelmingly. This would change the state income tax from a flat income tax to a graduated income tax.”
“If the amendment passes, House Bill 3522, filed by state Rep. Robert Martwick, D-Chicago, would tax incomes under $7,500 at 4 percent. For incomes between $7,500 and $15,000, the rate would be 5.84 percent. For incomes between $15,000 and $225,000, the rate would be 6.27 percent. And for incomes over $225,000, the rate would be 7.65 percent. In addition, the committee for budget and tax increases (Center for Tax and Budget Accountability) supports a maximum income tax rate of 9.85 percent.”
“Dock Walls and I will fight these challenges. This is not a game. It is a game-changer. We intend to appear on the statewide ballot in November. It’s no longer business-as-usual. It’s time Illinois taxpayers had candidates who look out for them, and who are not owned by government-employee unions.”
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CHICAGO—A recent Chicago Tribune article called attention to Chicago’s having lost 3,825 residents last year and 4,879 residents in 2016, and to the fact that Chicago metropolitan area lost residents for three consecutive years.
Illinois dropped from fifth-most populous state to sixth-most populous state in 2017.
The article, Chicago population still tops Houston’s, described the population losses as a “trickle,” and added that “experts are trying to figure out why,” noted Jim Tobin, president of Taxpayers United of America, headquartered in Chicago.
“I can tell you why, and so can everyone other than the Tribune. Two reasons: the city’s and state’s high taxes, forcing taxpayers to flee to states with lower taxes, and the realization that the City of Chicago and State of Illinois are bankrupt and that both will go under in the not-too-distant future.”
“The lavish, gold-plated pensions of retired Chicago and state government-employees are rapidly drying-up their pension funds. Here are some facts regarding the Tribune’s host city.”
“All of the top 200 Chicago pensions for its ‘civil servants’ are at least $100,000 a year,” said Tobin. “The average retirement age for this group of pensioners is only 58. Social Security requires taxpayers to reach age 67 to be eligible for full retirement benefits, which average only about $17,000 a year.”
“I would like to inform the Tribune that the Municipal Employees’ Annuity and Benefit Fund of Chicago, (MEABF) is predicted to be insolvent in 8 years, according to its most recent audit. The auditing firm estimated that taxpayers would have to deposit $1,005,456,621 to make the fund solvent. MEABF does not include Chicago teachers, police, or firefighters who each have their own pension system, all separate from the 6 statewide pension funds.”
“The state of Illinois also is bankrupt. It can’t pay its bills because the outrageously rich government pensions have robbed the taxpayers blind. And there won’t be a bailout by the state for the city of Chicago – there just isn’t enough taxpayer money, no matter how high taxes are raised.”
“We support the plan by independent gubernatorial candidate William “Dock” Walls to repeal the back-breaking Illinois state income tax.”
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Chicago – North side residents drown from higher property taxes as The Illinois Pension Crisis worsens.
Already burdened by some of the highest property taxes in the country, Chicago communities such as Lakeview are seeing their property taxes soar after recent property tax assessments. The average increase in Lakeview alone is 32 percent, and increases as high as 50 percent have been reported. Combined with other tax increases, including another property tax increase pushed by the Mayor of Chicago, the situation is going from bad to worse.
As reported on by the Chicago Tribune, the greedy City of Chicago will be hiking taxes on property, water and sewer. There will also be increased fares for the CTA and increased monthly fees for 911. The Chicago Turbine has finally identified the cause of these tax increases, Illinois pensions.
“The vast bulk of the money raised will be spent on fixing underfunded government worker pension systems that were at risk of going broke. It’s a point Mayor Rahm Emanuel often raises, also noting that he’s trying to end the practice of papering over Chicago’s longstanding financial woes accrued under former Mayor Richard M. Daley. That, however, may be cold comfort to taxpayers now shouldering the burden.”
The state of Illinois pension system has been a burden on taxpayers for years. A recent example of the Illinois Pension Crisis was Harvey Illinois. It was reported that due to pensions, Harvey Illinois was forced to lay off a quarter of the police force and almost half of their fire fighters to pay lavish pensions.
Below are just some of the pensions the citizens of Chicago are forced to pay.
Chicago Municipal Retirees
Top 5 Pensions as of 2017
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“All of the top 200 Chicago pensions for the ‘poor civil servants’ are at least $100,000 a year,” stated TUA’s president, Jim Tobin. “The average retirement age for this group of pensioners is only 58. Social Security requires taxpayers to reach age 67 before they are eligible for full retirement benefits…which max out at about $32,000 a year”