House candidate argues Martwick, others 'kick can down the road'
Ammie Kessem objected so much to the recently passed Illinois budget that she could do only one thing: announce her candidacy for the 19th House District seat.
A Republican, Kessem took to social media to express her outrage at the budget.
"For weeks I've been listening to people talking about how our politicians are 'Kicking the can down the road,'" Kessem posted on Facebook. "Well, I hate to tell all of you, it wasn't a 'road' we were heading down. Illinois was standing on a cliff and these elected officials such as Rep. Robert Martwick (D-Chicago) and his buddy (House Speaker) Michael Madigan (D-Chicago) just threw the people of Illinois over that cliff."
The first state budget to pass in more than two years contains a permanent 32 percent increase on personal state income taxes and corporate taxes. Illinoisans will now pay 4.95 percent instead of 3.75 percent and businesses will pay 7 percent instead of 5.25 percent.
"There is no possible way they can justify a 32 percent income tax increase when they did absolutely nothing in the way of reforms to make sure that this continued hijacking and mismanagement of our hard earned income ends," Kassem posted. "It's absolutely shameful and an embarrassment."
Martwick currently represents the House District 19.