A property tax freeze proposal pushed by Democrats failed to pass the House on Wednesday after a contentious debate and mixed responses from Republicans, including Rep. David Harris (R-Arlington Heights).
Chicago residents face an average 10 percent property tax increase this year as city officials grapple with finding ways to pay the pension plans of teachers, police officers and firefighters, according to the Cook County clerk.
North Cook area Democrats in the House Marty Moylan (D-Des Plaines), Michelle Mussman (D-Schaumburg), Carol Sente (D-Vernon Hills), Scott Drury (D-Highwood) and Fred Crespo (D-Hoffman Estates) recently received letters from the Illinois Republican Party, drawing their attention to the permanent property tax freeze they voted for in January and calling for action on property tax relief now.
Officials in Springfield and around the country are talking about a “pension cliff” and trying to determine what will happen as large numbers of educators become fully vested in school district pension benefit systems.
Democratic state lawmakers showed their true colors in May when they demanded an investigation into an article about apparently doomed school funding reform legislation, a radio show co-host said recently.
Illinois’ average personal income growth since the Great Recession is tied with Nevada for the worst in the country, according to data from Pew Charitable Trusts recently published on the Illinois Policy Institute website.
Chicagoans need to demand acceptance of Gov. Bruce Rauner's call for a property tax freeze to not only prevent themselves from having to pay 10 percent more property taxes but also put an end to the wealthy's indifference to the plight of the poor, according to the Illinois GOP.