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Rep. Jeanne Ives, R-Wheaton, is a fiscally conservative straight-shooter who consistently fights unbalanced budgets and unaccountable spending. She's also about as wonky on policy as you'll find. Ives is endorsed.


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Incumbent Republican Jeanne Ives, a former member of the Wheaton City Council who has served in the House since 2012, is both a fiscal and social conservative who doesn't hesitate to speak her mind and rattle cages -- sometimes on both sides of the aisle.

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This article gets this political pandering bill Exactly Right. Political Gimmick. We need real property tax reform not carve outs for special groups of people. This bill would allow, wealthy veterans with homes worth $750,000 to receive tax breaks - shifting the levy onto poorer middle class families and businesses. None of these breaks are "means tested" - a progressive "Holy Grail."
Glad I voted NO - the only one to do so in the House.

Other Republicans spoke against the bill, but voted for it - afraid of political mail pieces. This is entirely what is wrong in Springfield. Meanwhile the sponsors will pander in the next election that they passed property tax reform bill, but the sponsor admitted on the House floor that the bill does not freeze taxes or ensure they will be lower.

Low Income Seniors need real and substantial relief from property tax burdens - so does everyone else. Veterans - and I am a veteran as is my husband and we have two children on Active Duty - already have enough of a tax break on taxes in Illinois - and they are not means tested.

You may view my interchange with the sponsor here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=DxMxakCVZdw

Here's what the IMA a business group said about it. "While residents will receive a break, this will shift their tax burden to commercial and industrial taxpayers resulting in a nearly 2 percent hike in property tax bills for employers." You can read more at this link: ima-net.org/springfield-highlights-april-7-2017/

It is a shift in burden - not a freeze or hard cap in property taxes.
From the IPI article linked below, Carol Portman, President of Illinois Taxpayer Federation, says this, “Essentially, it’s a shift of tax burden from one group onto another, and not necessarily a tax decrease, even for homeowners. The other exemptions will require additional tax rate increases, and the higher rates will hit all property owners, whether eligible for exemptions or not.”


Fake property tax relief: 3 reasons HB 156 fails taxpayers
Despite being sold as property tax “relief,” new legislation in Springfield would only shift property tax burdens on to certain taxpayers, while complicating an already confusing property tax system.

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Illinois held hostage to a Grand Bargain

No one should be surprised that group think instead of rational choices surround the 13 interconnected bills of the “Grand Bargain.” It is wholly predictable given the longevity of the Senate leaders involved. They’ve been working together for nearly 2 decades. They put in place many of the policies that are now taking a toll on our state. They are the beneficiaries of generous pensions when they retire, excessive pay for their part-time jobs, and the public attention and stature of the positions they hold. What’s new now is the heat is on. Calls to “DO SOMETHING!” echo throughout the state. But after decades of living in the Springfield bubble, Senate leaders have forgotten the common Illinoisan in the “Grand Bargain.”

In doing so, they misread entirely the mood of the people and depth of our troubles. Understand, Illinois is not a middle of the pack state. We are an outlier. We rank at or near the bottom in nearly every financial category, which is what matters to taxpayers and businesses that fund government. Moody’s and others in the financial world are now describing our state’s situation as a “death spiral.” We need revolutionary reform, not a bargain with the hostage takers.

Instead, Senate leaders John Cullerton and Christine Radogno propose marginal ineffective pension reform when the choice should be reform that moves new hires into 401(K) style retirement accounts which the vast majority of taxpayers have.

They propose worker compensation reform that neglects the Causation Standard, which is the biggest reform that is needed.

They propose massive gambling expansion – 6 new casinos - knowing the original gaming bill never met its goal to fund education and that market saturation would ensue.

They propose some procurement reform when the biggest cost to government is labor that is controlled by union collective bargaining agreements that need limits put in place.

They propose consolidation of local government that affects less than 5 percent of your property tax bill, while ignoring school consolidation which is over 70 percent of your bill.

They propose a massive income tax increase and an ever shifting list of new taxes without publically defining any cuts in spending.

And after these proposals, they went to the editorial boards to sell the ideas because they knew if they brought it directly to the people they would be laughed at.

They are out of touch with taxpayers in Illinois. They operate in an environment controlled by lobbyists, crony capitalists, public sector unions, and weak kneed legislators focused almost exclusively on their next election.

Truly, the inmates are running the asylum. Illinoisans needs independent-minded leaders who know what life is like for families and businesses outside the Capitol Building.

There are better ways and better ideas and my colleagues and I will be proposing them in the coming weeks.
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