Kessem believes taxes are the reason people are leaving Illinois
One by one, Ammie Kessem ticks off all the taxes she sees as now taking their toll on the state of Illinois.
"It's property taxes, income taxes, gas taxes and other incidental taxes like water and sewer,” she told the North Cook News. “Taxes are too high and are only going up. “People are fleeing this state for relief in other states.”
Recent Census Bureau data shows that 33,700 people left Illinois during a yearlong period commencing in July 2016, paving the way for Pennsylvania to overtake Illinois as the country’s fifth most populous state.
The Illinois Policy Institute reports the raw dip in numbers represents the worst decline of any other state and the third-worst decline across the country in terms of percentages.
Researchers also noted that at a time when all of the area’s neighboring states are experiencing population growth, Illinois’ decline represents the fourth-straight year the state has trended downward in that category.
Overall, data shows that from July 2016 to July 2017, nearly 115,000 residents left Illinois for other states and over the past seven years, that number swelled to almost 643,000.
“We should be giving tax incentives to businesses looking to move to our state as well as current businesses so that they do not leave and so they can hire more employees,” said Kessem, who is running against Rep. Robert Martwick in the 19th District. “We also need to rein in the upper administration in our education system and end these enormous pension payouts.”
Kessem is on record in asserting she feels any reform effort needs to start with the ouster of longtime House Speaker Mike Madigan (D-Chicago).
“We need to win nine Republican seats in the House and get rid of Madigan once and for all,” she said.
“The Democratic-led legislators have failed the citizens of this state with their reckless spending habits.”
The 19th District spans Dunning, Gladstone Park, Jefferson Park and Portage Park.