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Fed tax cut will be great, but Illinois must change to compete with neighbors

Manufacturers: Fed tax cut will be great, but Illinois must change to compete with neighbors

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ILLINOIS NEWS NETWORK

A central Illinois congressman says residents hit with high property taxes and a recent state income tax hike will benefit from the tax reform making its way through Congress.

The House and Senate versions that Republicans passed are different, and they must be reconciled before being sent to the president.

U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Taylorville, said even with the various changes reconciled, the measure will mean small businesses in Illinois will get a lower federal tax burden.

“Those who believe in their local communities, those who’ve invested their time, their talent and their savings in our communities to provide that service, they’re going to get more money in their pocket,” Davis said. “I think that’s a good thing. That’s not a bad thing when you take money out of Washington and put it back home.”

But critics say tax cuts will create big deficits to the tune of more than $1 trillion.

“You’re going to see any deficit swallowed up by economic growth,” Davis said. He noted the economy under President Barack Obama was stagnant at 1 percent growth but the most recent economic indicators under President Donald Trump have growth at more than 3 percent.

The stock market surged in early trading Monday following the news of tax reform passing the Senate over the weekend.

But will any potential growth be felt in Illinois?

The state’s leading manufacturing group said federal tax cuts will help manufacturers but there still needs to be big changes in Illinois for the state to be able to compete.

Illinois Manufacturers’ Association Vice President Mark Denzler said dropping the federal corporate income tax by 15 percent will benefit Illinois manufacturers.

“The federal tax reform is great,” Denzler said. “It’s going to help every manufacturer across the country. We’re excited about the opportunity for the first tax reform in decades. However, we now need to move and we need to get many of these changes made in Illinois so we can start competing with our neighboring states.”

Denzler has joined others from the business community for years calling on Illinois lawmakers to help lower the state’s workers’ compensation costs and high property taxes.

 All Illinois’ neighboring states, Denzler said, are adding tens of thousands of manufacturing jobs, but Illinois is “stuck in neutral.”

Congressional Republicans hope to get the bill to Trump before the Christmas break.

Source: Will County News

ATTORNEY MYLES L. JACOBS RECEIVES LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Gary K. Davidson | Edward J. Jarot Jr. | Sarah M. Vahey
Scott M. Hoster | Myles L. Jacobs | David P. Smith
Theresa Dollinger | James V. Capparelli | John Carter
Sebastian Kos | Fernando L. Ferrer | Andrew J. Holton
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13963 S. Bell Road, Homer Glen, IL 60491
                  822 129th Infantry Drive, Suite 104, Joliet, IL 60435
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ATTORNEY MYLES L. JACOBS RECEIVES
LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Caste Law’s Attorney Myles L. Jacobs, has received a Lifetime Achievement Award during the 2017 Mid-Year Meeting of the Illinois State Bar Association held at the Palmer House Hilton in Chicago.
Jacobs, whose area of practice is focused on real estate and wills and trusts, is receiving the award for his years of passionate contribution to the legal profession.
A member of the Illinois State Bar Association’s Real Estate Section Council since 1993, he played a key role in its high-acclaimed Continuing Legal Education program to help ensure that lawyers have the highest quality of professional instruction possible. Active on the ISBA’s Task Force on Unauthorized Practice of Law for many years, he has been devoted to fighting the unauthorized practice of law by non-lawyers.

Source: Will County News

Ives Responds To Wall Street Journal Report on Illinois

For Immediate Release

Ives Responds To Wall Street Journal Report on Illinois

“In 2014, Governor Rauner ran on a reform agenda that would grow Illinois’ economy. This report dramatically highlights Benedict Rauner’s many betrayals on his fiscal promises.”

December 13, 2017 – Yesterday, the Wall Street Journal published an article, Illinois Drives People Away, that said, “Fitch Ratings reported this week that Illinois’s unfunded pension liabilities equaled 22.8% of residents’ personal income last year, compared to a median of 3.1% across all states and 1% in Florida.” State Representative Jeanne Ives, a Republican Candidate for Governor, issued the following statement:

“In 2014, Governor Rauner ran on a reform agenda that would grow Illinois’ economy. The report in Wall Street Journal, one of the most reputable and well-respected newspapers in the nation, dramatically highlights Benedict Rauner’s betrayals on his fiscal promises.

“During the 2014 C-Span Gubernatorial Debate against Pat Quinn, Governor Rauner, in his closing statement said, ‘We need to grow our economy, which is the single most important thing we can do. And we are failing miserably under Pat Quinn to grow our economy and create jobs… I’ll drive that. I’ve been a business builder my whole career.’

“But, the WSJ reported, ‘The Prairie State lost a record $4.75 billion in adjusted gross income to other states in the 2015 tax year, according to recently IRS data released. That’s up from $3.4 billion in the prior year. Many of the migrants were retirees who often flock to balmier climes. But millennials accounted for more than a third of the net outflow in tax returns.’

‘While Florida with zero income tax was the top destination for Illinois expatriates, the Illinois Policy Institute notes that Illinois lost income and people on net to all of its neighbors—Wisconsin (6,000 people based on claimed exemptions), Indiana (8,200), Iowa (1,900), Missouri (2,000) and Kentucky (1,100).’

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“In 2014, Governor Rauner promised roll back the income tax rate to 3 percent over four years.

“Yet, the WSJ reports, ‘Illinois’ corporate tax rate is 9.5 percent, and pass-through business owners pay 6.45 percent.’ Additionally, Illinois’ personal income tax rate is at 4.95 percent, 32 percent higher than when Rauner took office.

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“In a 2014 campaign ad, Bruce Rauner blasted Pat Quinn for Illinois’ high property tax rates, which he claimed were the second highest in the nation. The ad said: ‘The second highest property taxes in America, and Pat Quinn wants to make his 67 percent tax increase permanent. Pat Quinn: He just doesn’t get it.’

“The ad debuted about a month after Rauner proposed a freeze on local property taxes with no increase allowed without voter approval.

“Today, according to the Wall Street Journal, ‘Property taxes in Cook County and Chicago’s “collar” counties are the highest in the country outside of California and the Northeast. The average homeowner who moves from Lake County, Illinois, across the border to Kenosha County, Wisconsin would receive an annual $3,200 annual property tax cut.’

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“In 2014, Governor Rauner repeatedly said he would replace traditional pensions for public workers with 401(k)-style retirement plans common in the private sector. This was a plan advocated by the Illinois Policy Institute that would have cut the state’s unfunded pension liability in half in 2014 and eliminated the state’s unfunded liability by 2045.
“According to the WSJ report, ‘Taxes may increase as Democrats scrounge for cash to pay for pensions. Fitch Ratings reported this week that Illinois’s unfunded pension liabilities equaled 22.8% of residents’ personal income last year, compared to a median of 3.1% across all states and 1% in Florida.’

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“In their 2014 endorsement of Governor Rauner, the Chicago Tribune Editorial Board said, ‘From the get-go, Rauner has campaigned on the urgent need to shatter the self-serving political power structure in state government and promote a dramatically different agenda to get Illinois growing again. He knows that the answer isn’t more tax increases. Unlike the ruling class in Springfield, he doesn’t see employers as enemies useful only to be milked. He wants government to be of a size taxpayers can afford… We believe a Gov. Rauner would explore changes made by governors of other states with balanced budgets, solid retirement systems and lower unemployment rates. He’s obviously competitive. He would strive to do what Quinn cannot: Make Illinois competitive again.’

“Yesterday, the WSJ reported, ‘Illinois’s economy has been stagnant, growing a meager 0.9% on an inflation-adjusted annual basis since 2012—the slowest in the Great Lakes and half as fast as the U.S. overall. This year nearly 100,000 individuals have left the Illinois labor force. The University of Illinois Flash Economic Index, which measures corporate earnings and investment as well as personal income, hit a five-year low in October. (See nearby for the recent labor force trend in Illinois and Wisconsin.)’

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For more information or to book Jeanne Ives, contact Kathleen Murphy 630-329-4680 orkathleenemurphy26@gmail.com.

Source: Will County News

Ives On WBEZ Report on Deaths in Veterans Home

For Immediate Release

Ives On WBEZ Report on Deaths in Veterans Home
“Managing state agencies is one of the critical jobs of the Executive Office… Bruce Rauner isn’t in charge, because he never took charge.”

 

December 13, 2017 – Chicago’s WBEZ has issued a damning report, Surviving the War, But Not the Veterans Home.  In it Dave McKinney and Tony Arnold reveal, since July 2015, 13 residents of a veterans’ home in west central Illinois have died from Legionnaires’ disease. Eleven families are suing the state for negligence. State Representative Jeanne Ives, an Army veteran and Republican Candidate for Governor, issued the following statement:

“This report is sickening. As a veteran, and the daughter and granddaughter of soldiers, it goes without saying that I understand the depth and significance of the sacrifice our men and women in uniform make. Today, my thoughts are with the families of the 13 people who died in the Illinois Veterans Home.

“Under Governor Rauner, state services have declined to a such degree that the maintenance of clean facilities to prevent outbreaks of bacterial maladies, like Legionnaires, has become grossly inadequate. In November, Rauner said at Hines VA Hospital, ‘One way we can support our veterans — keep a quality of life and achieve the American dream for themselves and their families — is to have high-quality health care services.’ Yet another betrayal at the hand of Benedict Rauner.

“Managing state agencies is one of the critical jobs of the Executive Office. Bruce Rauner promised to turn Illinois around. But on his watch, state services have deteriorated. If he can’t manage a 200-acre veterans home with 250 residents, how can he manage the state? Governor Rauner isn’t in charge, because he never took charge. And 13 veterans, or spouses of veterans, are now dead because of it.”

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For more information or to book Jeanne Ives, contact Kathleen Murphy at 630-329-4680 orkathleenemurphy26@gmail.com.

Source: Will County News

Illinois should legalize marijuana

Downstate Republican senator: Illinois should legalize marijuana

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ILLINOIS NEWS NETWORK

Add a Republican senator from Central Illinois to the growing list of Illinois lawmakers who say the state should legalize recreational marijuana.

State Sen. Jason Barickman, R-Bloomington, says he is ready to support legal, recreational marijuana if the law is written correctly.

“I think fiscal conservatives need to be in this debate,” Barickman said Tuesday. “It is inevitable that this is going to happen. Our opportunity is either to sit on the sidelines and watch how it happens, and not influence the outcome or put ourselves at the negotiating table.”

Barickman says that way he can try and shape how a legal, recreational marijuana program will work. And he can shape how the hundreds of millions of dollars that Illinois could see in new taxes is spent.

“I would like to see these revenues pay down our backlog of bills, our debt, our pension liabilities,” Barickman said. “I’d like to see us move our income tax rates.”

Industry experts say legal, recreational marijuana in Illinois could be worth as much as $700 million a year.

Barickman said he’s ready to vote yes for legal marijuana, but not to co-sponsor the plan.  He expects other Republicans to also endorse marijuana, and he hopes Gov. Bruce Rauner changes his mind.

Barickman said marijuana supporters are modifying the existing legalization legislation. He hopes to see a new plan in February of 2018.

Lawmakers could vote next year, but many speculate that a vote won’t occur until after the November 2018 gubernatorial election.

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An industry veteran with two decades of experience in media, Benjamin Yount reports on Illinois statewide issues for INN. Yount also hosts Watchdog Radio, a daily radio show on Cities 92.9 in Bloomington/Normal.

Source: Will County News

NFL’s Anthem Surrender Deal Sends Millions to Soros-Backed Social-Justice Groups

NFL’s Anthem Surrender Deal Would Send Millions to Soros-Backed Social-Justice Groups

Steve Balich editors note:  I don’t watch NFL games.  The disrespect of our country makes me sick. Now the NFL puts their money where the disrespectful players learn their lessons. I guess I just won’t even watch the Superbowl. Fed up!

The anthem protests begun by Colin Kaepernick last year, presented the NFL with a critical decision: Choose the side of the anthem protesters. Or choose the fans and customers of their game, who don’t want the sport polluted by politics.

As it turns out, not only did the NFL choose their protesting players over their fans, they George Soros over their fans.

The NFL recently agreed to spend nearly $90 million dollars over the next seven years, to various organizations connected with social justice causes. Several of those groups, have deep connections to billionaire liberal activist George Soros.

The NFL agreement with the players, which includes no requirement that the player protests end, will send cash to Soros-connected groups such as Dream Corps, Center for American Progress, and Campaign for Fair Sentencing.

According to the Washington Examiner, Dream Corps is “…a leftist advocacy group led by former Obama adviser Van Jones and linked to Mr. Soros, which has called for saving the Clean Power Plan, cutting the prison population by half and providing ‘sanctuary for all.’”

The Examiner also reports, “The $89 million, seven-year deal also carves out millions of dollars for the Players Coalition, according to ESPN, which has been advised by Soros-funded groups such as the Campaign for Fair Sentencing of Youth and the Center for American Progress, a leader of the anti-Trump ‘resistance.’”

As details of the NFL’s deal with the players come to light, the NFL has stressed that there is no final agreement over how the money will be spent.

NFL Spokesman Joe Lockhart said in an email, “No decisions have been made on where the money will go yet, much less all the money over the next 7 years. Those decisions will be made by the working group that has not been formed yet.”

While no final agreement may yet exist, imagining what the final agreement will look like based on the NFL Players Association’ track record of how they spend their money, will not instill confidence among conservatives.

In early October, a conservative watchdog group called 2ndVote, revealed how the NFLPA made several donations to Soros-connected groups. Many of whom have the removal of, or resistance to President Trump as their chief aim.

Granted, the Players Coalition, which is the group negotiating with the NFL for the $90 million dollars in social justice funding, is not technically bargaining in connection with the NFLPA. However, why would the funding decisions be any different?

According to the Examiner, several groups earmarked for cash distributions in the NFL are well-known Soros groups.

As the Examiner explains:

…the Fair Punishment Project, the ACLU, the Center for American Progress, Community Legal Services, the Campaign for Fair Sentencing of Youth,” as well as city police departments, grass-roots groups and public defenders.

At least three of those — the ACLU, Campaign for Fair Sentencing of Youth and the Center for American Progress — have received funding from Mr. Soros’ Open Society Foundations.

Mr. Soros’ fingerprints can also be found on the Dream Corps, which merged in 2014 with Green for All, an environmental group founded by Mr. Jones in 2007 whose funders included Open Society as well as former Vice President Al Gore’s Alliance for Climate Protection, according to Discover the Networks.

Mr. Jones resigned as President Obama’s “green jobs czar” in 2009 amid reports of his earlier Marxist activism, including his oft-quoted declaration that he became a communist after the 1992 acquittal of Los Angeles police officers who beat up Rodney King.

Making matters worse for the NFL from a public relations standpoint, not only does their agreement with the players not include a requirement for the protests to end. But, according to anthem-protester Eric Reid, the money that the league has earmarked for social justice causes will be money taken from current NFL initiatives such as Salute to Service and breast cancer awareness.

So, in the ultimate proof that the anthem protests do have an impact on the military, or at least respect for the military. The league will, reportedly, greatly reduce its commitment to celebrating the service of the heroes who defend this country in order to placate anthem protesters.

The NFL and the Players Coalition did not return the Examiner’s request for comment.

Source: Will County News

The feds tried to take guns back from thousands of gun owners last year

The feds tried to take guns back from thousands of gun owners last year. Here’s why.

The feds tried to take guns back from thousands of gun owners last year. Here’s why.

The FBI issued more than 4,000 orders to retrieve weapons purchased by people who should not have passed background checks in 2016. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

FBI records show the bureau issued more than 4,000 requests to retrieve guns from people who should not have passed background checks.

How were they able to buy the guns?

The FBI’s background check system requires analysts to complete the checks within three days. If 72 hours passes and no background check is completed, the sale of the gun goes forward, regardless of the purchaser’s history.

So if the FBI later earns that someone bought a gun but actually has a criminal history, mental health issues or other disqualifying problems, ATF agents get the unenviable job of making house calls to take the guns back.

It’s easy to see how dangerous it could be for a federal agent to attempt to seize a weapon from someone who should never have been allowed to own it.

Why are so many background checks taking too long?

A record 27.5 million background check requests came across the desks of FBI analysts last year.

The issue of background check failures came to the forefront after Devin Kelley, who was allowed to purchase a rifle despite a violent history, used the gun in a massacre at a Texas church in November.

The Air Force didn’t transmit the record of Kelley’s domestic assault court-martial to the FBI, which allowed him to pass the background check.

How many retrieval attempts are successful?

The FBI said the ATF isn’t required to report back on the status of the retrieval efforts, so it’s unknown how many of the record 4,170 retrieval attempts in 2016 were successful.

However, a report by the Justice Department’s inspector general showed that 116 out of 125 examined transactions were successful between 2008 and 2014.

What can be done?

There are some who favor extending the 3-day background check time limit to prevent cases of the deadline passing without a proper screening.

Larry Keane, general counsel for the National Shooting Sports Foundation, said he supported the provision of more resources to the FBI to complete checks, rather than extending the time limit.

But former ATF official David Chipman believes the time limit is only as short as it is as a concession to the gun industry.

Source: Will County News

O’Hare express rail: Vision or mirage?

O’Hare express rail: Vision or mirage?

You have to admire Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s pluck. The vision of a downtown to O’Hare express rail link has been a mirage for decades. His predecessor, Richard M. Daley, pushed the idea as far back as 2001, and revived it after riding a 267-mph bullet train in Shanghai in 2010 . The outcome? Zip. Daley’s downtown terminus for the project, a CTA superstation at Block 37, remains abandoned.

The current mayor is mounting his own push for downtown-to-O’Hare express rail, and chose Daley’s mothballed station to announce the initiative. “More than a century ago, Daniel Burnham encouraged Chicago to ‘make no little plans’ and today Chicagoans continue to make big and bold plans with an eye toward the future,” Emanuel told reporters.

We too like big, bold plans. But from the time Emanuel first dangled this notion in February, we’ve been skeptical. Why is this needed, especially if the CTA is planning upgrades along the existing Blue Line to O’Hare? How much faster would it move passengers? Would there be demand for a comparatively high-fare ride? What route would it take, and for how long would construction disrupt neighborhoods?

And, of course, how much would it cost, and how much would be shouldered by taxpayers?

The mayor’s doubling down, so we’ll play along. He envisions a line that would take riders from downtown to O’Hare in 20 minutes or less. Trains would run at least every 15 minutes for much of the day. Fares would cost less than a taxi or Uber ride. Chicago’s aviation chief, Ginger Evans, told the Sun-Times she believed business travelers would be willing to pay fares of $25 to $35, a price that would include baggage check at a downtown station, a seat reservation, on-board Wi-Fi and drinks.

The city envisions three potential routes: either above or below the existing Blue Line; along a freight rail right-of-way that begins at Clinton and Congress and runs through western suburbs before reaching O’Hare; and Metra’s North Central commuter line that goes from Union Station to just east of O’Hare before continuing on to Antioch. Possibilities for the downtown station include the shuttered Block 37 station, Union Station, and sites at Clinton/Congress and Canal/Clinton.

The mayor has addressed one of our biggest concerns — putting this on the backs of taxpayers. He says not a penny of taxpayer money will be spent on design, construction or operation. We’ll hold him to that. City projects touted as private-sector-paid endeavors often find a way to slip a hand into taxpayers’ pockets. We remember Daley’s pledge to Chicagoans in 2001 that they wouldn’t pay a dime for the ugly rebuild of Soldier Field. A decade later, taxpayers learned they would have to make up for a shortfall created when hotel tax revenue earmarked for the project proved insufficient. Emanuel huffed, “I don’t want the taxpayers of the city of Chicago to be treated as if they’re just an ATM machine.” Words to remember, Mayor.

Emanuel has issued a “Request for Qualifications” seeking enterprises that could design, build and operate the rail link. One billionaire innovator, Elon Musk, on Thursday tweeted that he’s all in. One of his companies, SpaceX, launched the first orbital rocket to safely land back on Earth, and has sent several cargo missions to the International Space Station. His electric vehicle startup, Tesla, tops Ford and GM in market capitalization. The vision for a downtown-to-O’Hare link that Musk touted earlier this year is just as ambitious. His idea is to bore a tunnel to carry minibus-like vehicles on electric-powered sleds, which would zip at speeds of 125 mph. A subterranean superhighway.

In the meantime, the CTA is moving forward with the five-year Blue Line revamp to upgrade stations and rebuild aging stretches that delay trains. A downtown-to-O’Hare trip that now takes as long as 45 minutes would take about 38 minutes with the revamp and still cost just $5. You won’t be able to get a Rob Roy on the Blue Line, though. You’ll still have your bags with you. And maybe you’ll be standing in a crowd.

Emanuel’s plan for classier service might be a good alternative, if: If the right route emerges. If the right builder/operator comes along. If the service proves popular enough to be self-sustaining. And if taxpayers aren’t the project’s ATM machine.

Mr. Mayor, may your vision be more than the last guy’s mirage.

Source: Will County News

Illinois is experiencing heavy losses of people and income to other states

The Land of Lincoln is experiencing heavy losses of people and income to other states, new IRS data reveal. Illinois lost more than 86,000 people and $4.75 billion in adjusted gross income to other states from 2015-2016.

Illinois’ problem with wealth flight isn’t just persisting, it’s getting worse. That’s the takeaway from new data released by the Internal Revenue Service on Nov. 30. In terms of both people and income, the Land of Lincoln saw a record-breaking exodus in the 2015 tax year (2015-2016).

Illinois saw a net loss of nearly 42,000 tax returns to other states on the year, representing a net loss of more than 86,100 people (measured in exemptions), according to the IRS. That’s an all-time high.

Illinois lost people on net to every neighboring state

And when people leave the state, they don’t just take their talent, drive and ingenuity. They take their wallets, too.

Illinois lost $4.75 billion in adjusted gross income, or AGI, on net to other states in tax year 2015. That’s also an all-time high. While residents saw $6.35 billion in adjusted gross income, or AGI, move into Illinois from other states, $11.10 billion moved out of Illinois to another state.

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It’s not retired snowbirds who are driving the flight from Illinois. Analysis of IRS data for previous years shows how millennials are in fact leading the Illinois exodus. Further, the most recent IRS data show Illinois lost income and people on net to every neighboring state. It’s not just the weather.

To where exactly are people walking?

The top 10 states to which Illinois lost people were: Florida (12,800 exemptions gained from Illinois on net), Texas (9,400), Indiana (8,200), California (7,600), Arizona (6,400), Wisconsin (6,000), Colorado (4,700), Georgia (4,200), Tennessee (3,600) and North Carolina (2,700).

top 10 states to which Illinois lost people

Top 10 states to which Illinois lost income

Since the 2011 temporary income tax hikes, the flight of wealth and people from Illinois has accelerated.

Illinois lost income on net to every neighboring state

This consistent, worsening trend is an indictment of the policy status quo in Illinois. A 2016 Paul Simon Public Policy Institute poll found Illinoisans cited taxes as the No. 1 reason for wanting to leave the state. And while Illinois’ temporary income tax hike partially sunset at the start of 2015, left to run wild was the largest tax Illinoisans pay: property taxesIllinoisans shoulder the heaviest property tax burden in the nation, according to a 2016 study from real-estate services company CoreLogic.

Yet for years, Springfield has rejected any substantial reforms to address the cost-drivers behind those property tax bills: the highest number of local governments in the nationskyrocketing local pension costs and an unfair bargaining regime that stacks the deck against taxpayers in negotiations, to name a few. Proposals for a hard property tax cap have been rebuffed as well.

Of course, taxes aren’t the only reason people are leaving. The state’s laggard economy, evidenced by legions of Illinoisans dropping out of the workforce altogether, is another likely culprit.

Illinois’ exodus of people and money is the state’s most pressing policy problem.

Until lawmakers get serious about addressing its causes, there’s little reason to think the trend will change.

Source: Will County News

GOP Rep. McSweeney: “The ‘Fringe Candidate’ Is Bruce Rauner. He Stands For Nothing.”

For Immediate Release

GOP Rep. McSweeney: “The ‘Fringe Candidate’ Is Bruce Rauner. He Stands For Nothing.”

Calls Rauner “Madigan’s Biggest Ally”

December 11, 2017 – For the past three years, Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan’s biggest ally has been Governor Bruce Rauner according to State Representative David McSweeney (R-Barrington Hills), who called into “Chicago’s Morning Answer” radio show on Monday Morning.

McSweeney was interviewed about the Rauner Administration’s reaction to the release of an internal memo sent by Rauner’s former General Counsel Dennis Murashko.

“I support Jeanne Ives’ call for a full investigation,” McSweeney said. “Even this morning, there was a story in Politico that the administration won’t answer questions… This is business as usual with the Rauner Administration: very secretive, not providing answers.”

McSweeny went on to say that the administration’s clandestine nature is evidence that Governor Rauner is not in charge in Springfield.

He said Ives has the character and intellect to lead conservative policy revolution in Springfield. McSweeney pointed to his personal experiences working with Jeanne Ives “I know Jeanne Ives will be in charge, and that’s why I support her,” he said.

In 2014, McSweeney, like Ives and other Republican legislators, supported Bruce Rauner’s candidacy, but says he now opposes the Governor because he saw how the Governor duped voters. “In a strange way, the biggest Madigan ally is Bruce Rauner,” he added.

“He [Madigan] talked about a tax increase for two years… we ended up with a 32% income tax hike. Bruce Rauner worked hand in hand with Mike Madigan on making Illinois a Sanctuary State.  And guess who signed Madigan’s Abortion bill?”  

“Bruce Rauner is the kind of guy who loves to go out and criticize, call people names,” McSweeney said. “But when push comes to shove, he’s been Madigan’s biggest ally. And that’s why we need change. That’s why Jeanne Ives would be a good governor.”

McSweeney added that the best-case scenario would be Republicans winning the 9 House seats necessary to oust Madigan as House Speaker.

“But if Madigan is still the Speaker, we need Jeanne Ives in his [Madigan’s] office respectfully, but forcefully advocating for what we believe in, ” he said.

McSweeney disagreed wholeheartedly with Rauner’s characterization of Ives as a “fringe candidate.”

“The ‘fringe candidate’ is Bruce Rauner. He stands for nothing.”

In response, Jeanne Ives said, “David is a strong defender of taxpayers in Springfield and we are happy to have his support of our campaign.”

 

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For more information or to book Jeanne Ives contact Kathleen Murphy at 630-329-4680 or kathleenemurphy26@gmail.com.

Source: Will County News