Illinois taxpayers have had “Enough!”

On Wednesday, June 29, dozens of Illinois newspapers informed the General Assembly and their readers in an op-ed on the front page that the state has had “Enough!” and demanded that the budget standoff be resolved and resolved now. Illinois taxpayers are the ones who should be demanding, “Enough!” with the state currently spending $33 million tax dollars a day more than revenues. The crux of the fiscal crisis is uncontrolled, excessive overspending of any amount of tax revenue received by Springfield. Illinois taxpayers know that they will...

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An increasing tax rate doesn’t always increase taxes

Richard Thomas’ “Harlem heritage worth fighting for,” reveals a common lack of understanding regarding the effects of property tax rates on the actual property tax being levied. Mr. Thomas erroneously equates an increase in the tax rate in the Harlem School District with a directly proportional increase in taxes. Excerpt: From 2012 to 2013, the Harlem School District had a 10-percent increase in its tax rate. And that 2013 tax rate is about 7 percent higher than Rockford’s school rate. That 10-percent Harlem increase translates into a...

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Another attempt to redistribute state school funding sources

Let’s take a look at today’s Rockford Register Star’s My View column written by the IEA president, Cinda Klickna discussing the cuts being made in Chicago’s school budget and the fact that our state schools are underfunded and inequitable using the unfair local property tax. The complaint is that Chicago Public schools are laying off teachers and support staff, and the usual, it’s hurting the children. It’s hurting the union members much more. The student teacher ratio in Chicago Public Schools was 20...

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DOJ continues building road blocks against school vouchers

Idaho School Choice has established a statewide educational pilot program that utilizes the belief that students should master each level of content before moving to the next. Now there is an original concept we should use in all U.S. schools – it would prevent half the students graduating from high school that can’t read or do math. at a college level. Excerpt: The Khan Academy is an online-based curriculum in which students watch lectures from home and attend school to do homework and gain one-on-one instruction from teachers....

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HB2375 makes Illinois 67% income tax increase permanent

Illinois temporarily raised its income tax from 3 to 5 percent in 2011 and has put nearly all of our new tax dollars into its failing pension system. Next year the state will spend almost as much on its five pension systems as it does on education. HB2375 was introduced February 20th in the General Assembly in Springfield by Representative Lou Lang, D-Skokie, to make that income tax increase permanent. The tax was scheduled to be reduced in 2015. Workers would be required to pay 3% more of their salaries toward their pensions and their...

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