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ILLINOIS REVIEW 

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2017

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Court denies Madigan petition to stop state worker pay

Illinois Policy  February 16, 2017

Lisa Madigan lost the first round in her quest to stop state worker pay during Illinois’ budget impasse. But that doesn’t mean the matter is settled. The attorney general could take this issue all the way to the Illinois Supreme Court.

 

A St. Clair County Court judge ruled Feb. 16 against Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s request to stop state worker pay during the budget impasse. Madigan took Illinois by surprise Jan. 26 when she filed a petition seeking court approval to stop paying state employees.

But as with other matters rife with political implications in Illinois, there will be a lot more to come. The court’s decision doesn’t settle the matter. Madigan can appeal all the way to the Illinois Supreme Court.

The legal background

In 2015, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees sought a court order to ensure state employees would keep getting paid during the budget impasse. St. Clair County Circuit Court Judge Robert LeChien complied, and since then, state employees have been paid under that court order.

But in the meantime, the Illinois Supreme Court issued a decision holding that the state could not pay AFSCME workers raises promised by former Gov. Pat Quinn’s administration because the General Assembly had not appropriated funding for this. The court specifically tied its decision to pay promised to state workers through collective bargaining.

Madigan pointed to that Supreme Court decision and asked LeChien to reverse course in the AFSCME case. She argued that because the General Assembly has not appropriated funds for state worker pay, the state can’t pay.

Unlikely allies

Madigan’s petition created an unlikely situation in which AFSCME and Gov. Bruce Rauner are arguing on the same side. Both opposed Madigan’s petition and vowed to fight against an order stopping state worker pay.

It also created an interesting schism between Madigan and AFSCME, two parties that traditionally are allies in state worker matters.

What’s next

Madigan can accept Judge LeChien’s decision and drop her petition or she can appeal the decision all the way to the Illinois Supreme Court. And with one decision already on the books denying state worker pay that has not been appropriated, the court may side with the attorney general. On other hand, Madigan is asking the court to deny pay to all state workers, which arguably goes beyond the scope of the Supreme Court’s original decision. That decision focused on collectively bargaining, but not all state workers are covered by collective bargaining agreements.

In the meantime, the General Assembly doesn’t need to rush into a bad budget deal to avoid a government shutdown. Lawmakers can pass an appropriations measure to fund state worker pay without a full budget.

In response to Madigan’s petition, at least two state representatives – Avery Bourne, R-Raymond, and Sue Scherer, D-Decatur – introduced bills that would ensure state workers get paid even during the budget impasse. Both bills – House Bill 1787 and House Bill 1798 – remain pending in the Illinois House of Representatives.

A continuing appropriations measure for state worker pay would not be unprecedented. In 2015 and 2016, the General Assembly passed an education appropriations measure that would keep K-12 schools open and operating during the budget impasse. In 2015, Rauner expressed support for a continuing appropriations measure for state worker pay.

Throughout Illinois’ budget gridlock, politicians have been immune to worries about their pay. In 2014, the General Assembly passed a law ensuring that legislator salaries are funded.

TAGS: AFSCME: American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees, Bruce Rauner, budget, Lisa Madigan, state worker pay

 

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Is a coup is underway


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The CIA is famous for toppling foreign governments in order to install puppet regimes the U.S. can control or exploit on behalf of the corporatocracy and military-industrial complex.

The CIA’s first victim was Iran’s Mohammed Mossadegh in 1951. Mossadegh was the democratically-elected prime minister. He ran afoul of Great Britain’s and America’s powerful oil interests when he nationalized his country’s petroleum assets, which cut out the British petroleum company that would later become BP.

In order to avoid provoking a military confrontation with the Soviet Union if England and America resorted to a military option to settle the Iran problem, the CIA sent Theodore Roosevelt’s grandson, Kermit, with wads of cash and the imprimatur to use threats of violence. With payoffs and threats he organized a series of street protests which led to the toppling of Mossedegh’s government. The U.S. then installed Mahammed Reza Shah as Iran’s dictator.

The CIA used similar methods to topple regimes in Central and South America over the years,  as well as in Egypt in 2011, in Libya in 2011 and  in the Ukraine in 2014.

In 1963, the CIA pulled off its first coup in the U.S. with the assassination of John F. Kennedy. Kennedy was targeted because he failed to support the CIA’s operation at Bay of Pigs, because he wanted to pull the U.S. out of Vietnam, and because of his Executive Order 11110 which returned the power to create and issue currency from the Federal Reserve back to the federal government.

Now the CIA is attempting another U.S. coup, and it just gained its first victim, Donald Trump National Security Advisor Michael Flynn.

Trump had been warned by Senator Chuck Schumer not to take on the Deep State intelligence agencies because they had many ways of retaliation. The CIA had its long knives out for Flynn from the beginning. He was seen as one intelligence officer with the guts to blow the whistle on catastrophic intelligence and operation failures.

But Flynn is only the first step. The main target of the CIA and Deep State is Trump. Some smaller fish may fall along the way, but Trump poses the greatest threat to the establishment and MIC.

He must drain the swamp before the Deep State finishes its coup.

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Incorporating music into World Read Aloud Day

News Release

Homer CCSD 33C

Goodings Grove   Luther J. Schilling   William E. Young   William J. Butler

Hadley Middle   Homer Jr. High

 

Contact: Charla Brautigam, Communications/Public Relations Manager

cbrautigam@homerschools.org | 708-226-7628

 

For Immediate Release:

Feb. 17, 2017

Incorporating music into World Read Aloud Day

Butler School students learn rhythm while reading aloud with their music teacher

 

Butler School music teacher Joel Huffman wasn’t about to let his colleagues have all the fun on World Read Aloud Day.

 

While they were making preparations to open a cozy campsite (complete with pop-up tents and a flameless fire pit) in one of the classrooms and inviting students down to “Camp Out With a Good Book,” he was adding his own twist to a few children’s books.

“I wanted to celebrate World Read Aloud Day in a way that was different and unique while still teaching to the district music curriculum,” said Huffman, who created a rhythm to go along with each book he read aloud.

 

Students followed along eagerly, echoing the rhythm with their voices, then their hands and, finally, on a xylophone or tubano drum.

 

He had the third-graders do the same on their recorders.

 

“My objectives with the lesson were to play the instruments correctly, play specific rhythms on the instruments and to have fun!” he said.

 

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Homer 33C Students get hearts pumping with human heart obstacle course

News Release

Homer CCSD 33C

Goodings Grove   Luther J. Schilling   William E. Young   William J. Butler

Hadley Middle   Homer Jr. High

 

Contact: Charla Brautigam, Communications/Public Relations Manager

cbrautigam@homerschools.org | 708-226-7628

For Immediate Release:

Feb. 16, 2017

 

Students get hearts pumping with human heart obstacle course

Learn about the heart’s inner workings

 

Students are learning about the heart this week as they run, jump and scoot through an obstacle course at Goodings Grove and Schilling schools.

For two days, the Physical Education teachers at Goodings Grove School and Schilling School convert the gymnasiums into giant obstacle courses, using ropes, chutes and hurdles to create a series of twists and turns that represent the inner workings of the human heart.

 

“Students will travel through the heart, starting in the right atrium to the right ventricle,” said P.E. teacher Tammie Ebel. “They will then run to the lungs to receive oxygen.”

 

Students look forward to the obstacle course every year, scooting through the right atrium, tricuspid valve and right ventricle on scooters and producing more oxygen by performing rocket jumps, scissor jumps and jumping jacks.

They complete the course by exiting through the aorta and landing in the brain and muscles.

 

Among those who help create the obstacle courses each year are P.E. teachers Nathan Keasler and Tammie Ebel at Goodings Grove School and Melody Johnson and Eric Tengstrand at Schilling School.

 

The teachers use the activity to promote heart health during American Heart Month.

 

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John McCain, it’s time to go home

John McCain, it’s time to go home

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President Donald Trump accused Republican Sen. John McCain of “emboldening the enemy” for criticizing the recent military raid in Yemen. He may not have encouraged the enemy this time, but McCain does have a long history of being on the wrong side of foreign policy.

McCain on Tuesday characterized the Yemen raid as a failure because it resulted in the loss of Navy SEAL Chief Petty Officer William “Ryan” Owens’ life. But given the very nature of military action, that’s quite a bar to set for combat operations under any president.

Trump lashed out against McCain via Twitter Thursday morning, saying the lawmaker was essentially emboldening America’s enemies and discounting the sacrifice of a U.S. service member.

“Sen. McCain should not be talking about the success or failure of a mission to the media. Only emboldens the enemy!” Trump tweeted.

“He’s been losing so … long he doesn’t know how to win anymore, just look at the mess our country is in — bogged down in conflict all over the place. Our hero … Ryan died on a winning mission (according to General Mattis), not a ‘failure.’ Time for the U.S. to get smart and start winning again!” he continued.

The Trump administration has characterized the Jan. 29 raid as a “huge success,” citing a trove of information reportedly obtained from the operation as a windfall for future operations.

For the Trump White House, having the raid characterized as a failure, no matter what may have occurred, is simply not an option.

And that’s where McCain comes in.

If you remember back to the campaign, it becomes obvious that the Arizona senator was long ago selected by the establishment to be Trump’s top GOP detractor. It’s probably even safe to say that McCain and Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton discussed how the lawmaker would factor in to anti-Trump messaging to weaken support among hawkish Republicans.

McCain began hitting Trump hard late in the GOP primary with claims that the president was unfit to handle national security matters.

That’s what led to Trump’s now infamous remark about McCain: “He was a war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren’t captured.”

Clinton lackey  John Podesta, surprised that Trump’s remark didn’t lose him some GOP support, remarked soon thereafter that Trump’s electoral chances were good because a “mere mortal” in the Republican Party couldn’t attack the Arizona lawmaker.

The political establishment still sees McCain as political royalty.

But Trump, a political outsider, sees the Arizona senator through the same lens much of the rest of the nation does. He’s a lawmaker who’s been in office far too long thanks to an aging voter bloc, hefty campaign funds and name recognition.

It’s time for McCain to quietly hang  up his legislative hat.

And if he doesn’t, he risks getting seriously skewered by playing establishment attack dog to every little move the Trump administration makes with regard to foreign policy. The president, after all, has plenty of ammo against McCain when it comes to foreign policy failure.

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Robots that steal human jobs should pay taxes, Gates says

Robots that steal human jobs should pay taxes, Gates says

Belgium's King Philippe and Queen Mathilde walk towards the photographers with Microsoft founder Bill Gates

Belgium’s King Philippe and Queen Mathilde walk towards the photographers with Microsoft founder Bill Gates  (Reuters)

Bill Gates, the co-founder of  Microsoft and world’s richest man, said in an interview Friday that robots  that steal human jobs should pay their fair share of taxes.

“Right now, the human worker who does, say, $50,000 worth of work in a factory, that income is taxed and you get income tax, Social  Security tax, all those things,” he said. “If a robot comes in to do the same thing, you’d  think that we’d tax the robot at a similar level.”

Gates made the remark during an interview with Quartz. He said robot taxes could help fund projects like caring for the elderly or working with children in school. Quartz reported that European Union lawmakers considered a proposal to tax robots in the past. The law was rejected.

Recode, citing a McKinsey report, said that 50 percent of jobs performed by humans are vulnerable to robots, which could result in the loss of about $2.7 trillion in the U.S. alone.

“Exactly how you’d do it, measure it, you know, it’s interesting for people to start talking about now,” Gates said. “Some of it can come on the profits that are generated by the labor-saving efficiency there. Some of it can come directly in some type of robot tax. I don’t think the robot companies are going to be outraged that there might be a tax. It’s OK.”

Last month, Gates told FOX Business Network’s Maria Bartiromo that he is excited to work with President Trump and his administration, especially when it comes to the U.S. government’s support of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization he said.

“How we continue that type of outreach and how it helps our security that we are helping those countries to be healthy and be stable,” he said. “There will be some great conversations and be some ideas about new investments that can be made.”

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Illinois State Rifle Association Chairman’s report


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Only in America (hopefully) could this insane episode take place.  A 57-year-old convicted killer from California — who is serving a life sentence for murder, kidnapping and robbery — has become the first U.S. inmate to receive state-funded sex reassignment surgery.  According to the Associated Press, Shiloh Quine killed someone and yet the state of California decided, in its infinite wisdom, to spend over $100,000 on him because he feels like he should be a woman. He underwent surgery to physically change his anatomy from male to female. He/she has reportedly been living as a woman in a California men’s prison but will now be transferred to a women’s prison.  Breitbart reported that Quine’s case prompted the Golden State to become the first to set standards for future inmates to apply to receive taxpayer funds for sex-reassignment surgery. It has resulted in a federal mandate that requires California to provide transgender female inmates who are housed in men’s facilities with more female-oriented items such as nightgowns, scarves, and necklaces. The daughter of Quine’s victim said this made her sick. “My dad begged for his life,” said Farida Baig, who tried unsuccessfully to block Quine’s surgery through the courts, said. “It just made me dizzy and sick. I’m helping pay for his surgery!!” Quine and an accomplice kidnapped and fatally shot her father in 1980.

Meryl Streep called President Trump a bully at the Golden Globes award event. I think that she herself is a big bully to use that event as a political platform. Who makes her the person to make judgment on someone else at an event that is designed to honor their peers for great achievements in their field? If this is indeed a political event, then all is fair. Just like on The View; the panelists are very mean-spirited and absolutely mean demeaning to any guest who does not share their view. If you are not an extreme left liberal, you go there on your own peril and are treated with disgust and almost spat upon (if they could get away with it). With Whoopi Goldberg and Joy Behar making sarcastic, biting comments and interrupting the guest who must try to smile and get through the mean grilling.

Amazingly, but I guess not unexpected, on his final full day of the Obama Administration, he decided to give one last middle finger to fishermen and hunters. In a late day regulation issue, it stated the Fish and Wildlife Service is prohibiting hunters from using traditional ammunition on federal land and, even more shocking, fishermen will be prohibited from using lead weights in their tackle. Besides hunting deer, etc., it requires a timeline to end the use of traditional ammunition for dove and upland bird hunting. This is beyond stupid, in my opinion. It gives no thought to the reality of the real world we live in. The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), the trade association for the firearms industry, released a statement in which its general counsel, Lawrence Keane, said, “The timing alone is suspect. This directive was published without dialogue with industry, sportsmen and conservationists. The next director should immediately rescind this, and instead create policy based upon scientific evidence of population impacts with regard to the use of traditional ammunition.”

The following is from ISRA Executive Director Richard Pearson:

The ISRA strikes again!  The Illinois State Rifle Association and the Second Amendment Foundation have won another victory for gun owners and the Second Amendment.  A three-judge panel of the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled 3-0 in our favor, in the Ezell v. City of Chicago case.  Ezell v. Chicago deals with the onerous zoning restrictions and requirements placed on shooting ranges inside the City of Chicago.  Those restrictions and requirements are simply designed to make it impossible to open a gun shop and range inside the city.   The case is not over.  I will keep everyone informed as the case moves to the next step. The suppressor bill, SB50, was introduced in the Illinois Senate on January 18.  We could hear this bill in committee very soon. This bill will help us to get aligned with most other states that allow suppressors to help avoid hearing loss, especially in children who shoot.

 According to a notice filed with the New York Department of Labor, the Clinton Foundation will lay off 22 members of the Clinton Global Initiative.  It is not at all surprising to me that this is occurring. When she lost the election, she and Bill lost much of their ability to give foreign governments and companies the things that they want from the US government and US companies.  Simply, it was pay to play. Trump owes no one and Hillary owed everybody for her campaign contributions. The way for foreigners to “donate” was to pay outlandish speaking fees to both Hillary and Bill, as well as making millions of dollars of donations to their Foundation.  And, when she was to be elected, they were expecting their paybacks. Now that she is not elected, and is a has-been, there is absolutely no reason to donate. I suspect her speaking fee will be about 10% of what it was and the amount of requests will be down extremely from what it was. It will be interesting to see how the Justice Department follows through on their investigation. Hillary has been pretty silent about the rioting, etc. lately. I am sure it is because she knows positively that Donald Trump will push the Justice Department to forge ahead at full steam if she voices against him in any way.

 Speaking of rioting, the leftists are out of control, mainly thanks to George Soros. According to many news reports, Soros has been linked to spending over $90 million supporting 47 different extreme left-wing organizations who promote violent behavior and doing anything possible to overthrow the Trump Administration. Fortunately, Project Veritas has gone undercover and exposed many of these devious plans before they could be implemented. However, nothing has been able to stop the rioting. The latest at Berkley, who promotes themselves as the bastion of free speech, has had such bad rioting over a gay conservative who was to speak! I guess free speech only applies there if you are a liberal. But wait…aren’t leftists supposed to be embracing gays? Only if they are leftists themselves, it appears.

 SB9, a Senate Bill in Illinois, is out there trying to tax gun clubs and hunt clubs and many other clubs. Please write or call your state senator and tell them you strongly oppose this bill. Gun ownership is a Right and it is illegal to tax a Right. This was just recently re-affirmed in the Ezell case.

 We have White House on our side for the first time in eight years, but the anti-rights activists are getting stronger than ever and are very well financed; they are getting violent in their efforts to try to get their way. We have to be ever-more diligent and stronger in our efforts to maintain and strengthen our Rights while we have some government that will allow us to move forward. Renew your ISRA and NRA membership and strongly urge your friends to do so likewise.

 

Doug Mayhall

 

 

*** All opinions expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the ISRA, Will County Grassroots, or any of it’s members or officers.***

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The ISRA and the Will County Division of the ISRA CAN NOT and WILL NOT endorse any candidate or party. We feature speakers to allow us to learn about the positions a candidate holds about the Second Amendment, and welcome all candidates to speak to us. Only the ISRA Political Victory Fund can endorse candidates or donate to political campaigns.

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Chadwick More identifies more with conservatives these days

The unhinged left drove Chadwick Moore to the epiphany that he identifies more with conservatives these days than with the intolerant Left. Moore suggests that the Left has “lost their minds”. Moore joined Dan & Amy this morning to explain the triggering event and the reception he’s received since coming out conservative.

 

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The new budget plan from the Illinois Senate doesen’t nothing to reform the state’s reckless spending and financial mismanagement

The new budget plan coming out of the Illinois Senate does little to nothing to reform the state’s reckless spending and financial mismanagement, but does plenty to hurt state taxpayers.

Illinois Senate members have a drafted a new budget plan that relies on multibillion-dollar tax hikes, but little in structural spending reforms.

The plan punishes taxpayers with more than $5 billion in additional income and other taxes, borrows $7 billion from the bond market and adds casinos in Chicago – none of which provide relief to struggling Illinoisans. The plan also leaves pensions unreformed, does little to workers’ compensation costs and burdens job creators with a higher minimum wage cost.

There are limited, smaller reforms in the overall package, but nothing that slows the growth in government spending. It’s why the plan relies on massive tax hikes – even if those hikes accelerate out-migration of people and businesses. It’s a bad plan for Illinoisans.

Below are the major parts of the budget plan:

  • 33 percent income tax hike: The proposal hikes personal income taxes up to 4.95 percent, up from the current 3.75 percent and corporate rates to 7 percent from 5.25 percent. This will cost Illinoisans at least $5 billion a year. 
  • New sugary drinks tax: Illinoisans will also be hit with a new sugary drinks tax that would take another $560 million from Illinoisans’ wallets annually.
  • More borrowing to cover unpaid bills: Illinois politicians propose to borrow $7 billion to pay down the state’s unpaid bills. But with no major accompanying spending reforms, unpaid bills will only continue to grow.
  • Pension “reform”: The reforms don’t end Illinois’ broken defined-benefit pension system and do little to fix the $130 billion pension crisis.
    • Uses Senate President John Cullerton’s consideration model as a basis for pension reform for lawmakers, university workers and Chicago and downstate teachers. Workers choose between limiting their salaries that can count toward their pensions or receiving a smaller cost-of-living adjustment in retirement.
    • Ends the General Assembly Retirement System for new workers going forward.
    • Creates a 401(k) plan for workers, but enrollment is restricted to 5 percent of total employees.
    • Lowers the ceiling for pension spiking penalties for teachers and university workers to 5 percent from 6 percent.
  • Property tax freeze: The plan freezes property taxes for two years. However, a property tax freeze alone will not decrease local taxpayers’ burdens. Without structural reforms in spending, local governments will continue to accrue more debt and bigger pension liabilities. 
  • Adds term limits for legislative leaders: The plan fails to address term limits for all legislators.
  • Minimum wage increase: The plan calls for an increase to the minimum wage that will only result in fewer jobs for Illinois’ minorities and lower-income residents.
    • Illinois’ minimum wage will grow to $11 in 2021 from $9 in 2018. Establishes tax credits for small businesses to help them afford the wage increase.
    • Prevents localities from offering a minimum wage lower than the state’s.
  • CPS pension pickup: The state will bail out Chicago by paying $215 million in 2017 and $221 million in 2018 to the Chicago Teachers’ Pension Fund. Every year after, the state will pay for the annual (normal) cost of Chicago teachers’ pensions.
  • Local government consolidation reforms: Eases the process of consolidating local governments.
    • Expands DuPage consolidation model to all counties.
    • Allows referendums to consolidate townships, among other reforms.
  • Gambling expansion: Additional gambling facilities let Illinois governments avoid needed fiscal reforms.
    • Creates Chicago Casino Development Authority.
    • Authorizes six new casinos.
    • Sets up new lottery department for administering internet gaming.
    • Allows gaming stations at horse racing tracks.
  • Tax credit changes and other taxes items:
    • Allows research and development tax credits through 2027.
    • Increases the state’s education tax credit to $750.
    • Repeals film tax credits.
    • Repeals franchise tax, adds annual fees for late reporting and refunds overpayments.
  • Procurement changes: The plan makes several changes to the state’s procurement rules.
    • Enacts several procurement code reforms, increases the limit of small purchases to $100,000 from $10,000 and changes applicability for higher education institutions.
    • Creates the Special Committee on Procurement Efficiency, Minority, Female, and Veterans Contracting, and Illinois Preference in Purchasing.
    • Allows purchase of off-road construction equipment utilizing best value methods.
  • Workers’ compensation reforms: The plan does little to fix workers’ compensation in a way that will satisfy the complaints of Illinois businesses struggling to pay for the nation’s seventh-most expensive workers’ compensation system.
    • Adds language on causation and traveling employees that only codifies current law.
    • Changes weekly compensation rate maximums.
    • Addresses professional athletes and physical therapy treatments.
    • Creates of a new drug formulary that limits prescription.
  • Supplemental budget: The plan also includes $4.56 billion in supplemental appropriations for the second half of 2017. Appropriations include over $1 billion for higher education, $1.8 billion for state worker health insurance and over $800 million more for various social service expenses.

This is not the starting point for negotiations that Illinoisans deserve. A property tax freeze and consolidation reforms do not make up for the fact that lawmakers are demanding overburdened taxpayers swallow billions in additional higher income taxes. Worse, the plan does not enact any serious pension or spending reforms.

Illinoisans already pay some of the highest taxes in the nation. When all local and state taxes are added up, Illinoisans paid the fifth-highest overall rate in the nation in 2012, according to the nonpartisan Tax Foundation’s most recent state-by-state comparison. The Senate’s plan will only further add to that burden, bringing Illinoisans’ income tax burden almost back to where it was with the 2011 tax hike.

The Senate’s budget plan is a repeat of the same failed strategy the state embarked upon six years ago: tax hikes now with promised real reforms later. Lawmakers promised the additional revenue of the 2011 tax hike would stabilize the pension crisis, pay down the state’s unpaid bills and help the economy.

The hike ended up accomplishing just the opposite: The pension crisis wasn’t fixed, Illinois’ bills weren’t paid off and Illinois suffered the weakest economic recovery in the nation. Even worse, Illinoisans left the state in record numbers – to the point where Illinois has been losing population.

New migration data from the U.S. Census Bureau show that from July 2015 to July 2016, Illinois lost 114,000 people, on net, to other states, a record high for the Land of Lincoln. In total, Illinois’ population actually declined by over 37,000 people. It’s the only state in the region with a shrinking population.

Illinois’ rate of exodus is now one person every 4.6 minutes.

A different plan

Illinois doesn’t need a plan that destroys its tax base.

Instead, it needs a budget plan that grows the tax base – one that keeps its residents and businesses here and attracts new ventures and families.

That plan doesn’t include multibillion-dollar tax hikes. It needs real spending and economic reforms that end Illinois’ perpetual fiscal crises.

TAGS: budget, Christine Radogno, John Cullerton, senate

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