Pritzker Funded Group Spends $10,000 On Fake News In Support of Income Theft Amendment


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Chicago- According to Greg Bishop of The Center Square, activists backed by Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker are spreading fake news in an effort to drum up support for their tax increase amendment.

In the article, the Vote Yes For Fairness group shared a screenshot on Facebook Oct. 9 of a tweet from @Liz_Uihlein. The Uihlein family owns Uline, one of the largest companies in Illinois. Vote Yes For Fairness also paid between $10,000 and $15,000 to promote the fake tweet on Facebook, with a potential reach of more than 1 million people, according to publicly available information from the social media giant.

The fake Twitter account has since been removed for impersonation.

“On behalf of Uline, … the alleged Liz Uihlein Twitter account was a fake account, and that Liz Uihlein has never had a Twitter account,” said Ellie O’Neil, a publicist with Mueller Communications LLC. “After being reported to Twitter, the fake account has been removed by Twitter for impersonation.”

Executive Director of Taxpayers United of America, Matthew Schultz, weighed in on the issue. “This fake news pushed by Pritzker’s minions is a microcosm of their entire referendum push,” said Schultz. “The proponents of this ‘fair tax’ have nothing to stand on. There is no need for an income tax hike, there is only greed. When questioned on their motives, proponents of of tax increase will make up whatever they want in order to win.”

“The truth of the matter is that Illinois is bankrupt because of lavish, overpromised, government employee pensions. The last $5 billion dollar income tax increase all went to fund their Ponzi pension plan, and now these tax thieves are coming back for more. The amendment on the November 3rd ballot is another step on the path to taxing into oblivion the Illinois middle class.

On November 3rd, taxpayers should vote NO on Prtizker’s income theft amendment. No more tax increases, now is the time for reform.

Taxpayers Fight Home Rule Push in Crestwood

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Chicago – Jim Tobin, President of Taxpayers United of America’s (TUA), has announced that taxpayers will be fighting Home Rule in the Village of Crestwood.

“In the upcoming November elections, wealthy government bureaucrats want voters to approve Home Rule for their communities,” said Tobin. “Home Rule is a disaster. It gives unlimited taxing authority to local bureaucrats to fund their lavish, gold plated pensions. Illinois is broke, because of an unsustainable pension system. Taxpayers must reject Home Rule on the November 3 ballot.”

Click below to access printable versions of the Crestwood flier.


Tobin emphasizes that Home Rule always means higher taxes. “Home Rule means, literally, unlimited taxing power,” said Tobin. “A home rule municipality can create just about any tax under the sun and raise taxes without limit.”

“I call it ‘Home Ruin.’ Why would anyone want to give up the right to vote on property tax increases?”

“Home Rule removes the cap limiting the amount that bureaucrats can increase property taxes. It gives bureaucrats a blank check. How many government bureaucrats would you trust with a blank check bearing your signature?”

Lake Forest’s Lavish Pensions

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Lake Forest, IL – Government pensions are too rich even for taxpayers in Lake Forest, according to Jim Tobin, economist and president of Taxpayers United of America (TUA).

“Greedy tax-raisers believe that there is no limit to the taxes that residents of Lake Forest can pay,” said Tobin. “They have been hit with a 100% sales tax increase, a 2.5% increase in the water tax, and a 4.64% increase in property taxes. And if Democrat Gov. Jay Robert “J. B.” Pritzker gets his way, they will also take a huge hit in their state income-tax.”

“The Teachers’ Retirement System (TRS) is one of the most bloated pension systems in the state. Even if one is accused of sexual misconduct with students, Illinois will make sure the accused will get a multi-million-dollar pension payout: David Miller who’s been so accused, has already collected $2,080,863 in pension payments and is on track to collect $3,826.299 over a normal lifetime.”

“All of the top 200 TRS pensions in Lake Forest have nearly one million-dollar payouts as well as all being higher than $50,000 a year. On average, teachers only work about 27 years before they are eligible to retire and collect full pensions. The average age of an Illinois teacher at retirement is only 59.

“The TRS is only about 50% funded, and this is what the proposed Pritzker income-theft amendment is all about. Pritzker has placed an amendment on the November 3 ballot to change the state flat-rate income tax to a graduated income tax. If passed, this graduated tax will decimate the state’s middle-class.”

“Between the mass exodus of Illinois residents to more tax-friendly states and the huge loss of jobs and income from Pritzker’s lockdown, Illinois’ middle-class will virtually disappear. Lake County has lost more than 7,600 residents.”

“Here a just a few of the bloated government pensions in Lake County: Harry D. Griffith, Lake Forest SD 67 retiree, has a current annual pension of $288,432. He will collect about $7,795,797 in estimated lifetime pension payments.

Girard Weber retired from the College of Lake County and currently collects $313,394 a year from the State University Retirement System (SURS). His estimated lifetime payout is $6,866,183. He had to invest only $314,282 of his own money for that payout.

Click here to view Top 200 Lake Forest TRS pensions

Click here to view Top 200 Lake Forest IMRF pensions

Click here to view Top 200 Lake Forest SURS pensions

“Illinois government employees work only 20.1 years on average in order to collect these lavish, gold-plated pensions. And for every dollar they deposit in their own pension fund, taxpayers are forced to fork over $4.74. Add to that a 3% COLA, compounded for all but IMRF, and it doesn’t take a genius to understand why Illinois’ government pensions are insolvent.”

“Rather than put an income theft amendment on the ballot, Pritzker should have pushed for a pension reform amendment,” said Tobin.