The Issues

Debt/Spending

Illinois has a spending problem and neither lowering taxes nor encouraging businesses to locate here will solve our problems until leaders in Springfield learn how to manage their pocketbook. They haven’t learned yet. Despite one of the highest income levels in the country, Illinois has the worst credit rating of all 50 states, the highest…

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Income Taxes

In 2011, the individual tax rate increased 67%, and the corporate tax rate 40%. And four years later, nothing had really changed in Illinois. Pensions were every bit as underfunded, the backlog of unpaid bills was barely reduced, and critical services were still underfunded. The answer does not lie in raising revenue alone. If the…

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Property Taxes

Property taxes in Illinois are among the highest in the country. When taxes increase while property values are dropping, our state becomes an increasingly less appealing state in which to live, work and play. We all know of families and businesses who have already left the state – many moved right over the Wisconsin border…

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Employment/Business Development

Illinois has the highest unemployment rate among all of our neighbors in the Midwest. We also have the worst job outlook out of all 50 states – we are dead last, having created no new net jobs over the last 8 years! We all know friends, family members, and neighbors who have lost jobs, closed…

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