Progressives Claim ‘We’re not broke, we’ve been robbed’

By Kathryn Watson WASHINGTON, D.C. — From the tea party movement to Occupy Wall Street, there’s no denying a general state of discontent with the way Washington is handling the economy. That discontent was the fuel to the fire that drew scores of progressives to the New Populism Conference in Washington, D.C., on Thursday. “This is not the […]

Legislative Update

2015 Budget House passed a budget of $35.7 Billions using accounting gimmicks of borrowing from other funds, delaying payment for some bills and relying on revenue increases that don’t exist (i.e. tax increase that they can’t get passed now. Remember, a vote for a budget that spends than they have is the same as voting […]

Madigan: It’s Rauner’s Fault

We keep hearing from DC Democrats that it’s all Bush’s fault even though he hasn’t been President for nearly 6 years.  When that doesn’t work they resort to you’re a racist. Speaker Michael Madigan has now taken a novel approach here in Illinois that it is all Bruce Rauner’s fault even though he hasn’t even […]

Tax Hike Vote Coming in May

SPRINGFIELD – A member of House Speaker Mike Madigan’s leadership team says there will be a vote to raise taxes before the Legislature adjourns this spring. State Rep. Frank Mautino, D-Spring Valley, said the General Assembly almost certainly will vote on whether to either extend or make permanent the temporary income tax increase before the […]

May Tax Vote Expected

SPRINGFIELD – A member of House Speaker Mike Madigan’s leadership team says there will be a vote to raise taxes before the Legislature adjourns this spring. State Rep. Frank Mautino, D-Spring Valley, said the General Assembly almost certainly will vote on whether to either extend or make permanent the temporary income tax increase before the […]

Big Government, Little People or Little Government, Big People

With Tax Day upon us, it is time to reflect on which paradigm our country was founded on. Was it Big Government, Little People or Little Government, Big People? Illinois use to be a great state. It was said that even during the depression, if you couldn’t find a job here, you couldn’t find a […]

Democrats Kill Madigan Millionaire Tax

Michael Madigan’s millionaire tax for the “children” was killed by Democrats Jack Franks (D-63rd) and Scott Drury (D-58th). Drury stated: “The problem with these stand-alone proposals is that no one knows what the final product looks like,” Drury said in a statement. “We cannot rebuild Illinois’ fiscal house without a comprehensive plan, yet that is what […]

Edgar backs Governor’s proposal to make income tax hike permanent

By JIM MEADOWS Former Governor Jim Edgar says spending cuts triggered by the scheduled reduction in the state income tax rate would make it even harder to catch up on unpaid back bills and fund education. So the Republican Edgar says Governor Pat Quinn’s budget proposal to make the state income tax hike permanent is a […]

Governor Quinn Budget Address & Responses

Governor Pat Quinn finally presented his 2015 budget today.  You can read the full budget address here. Here is the basic outline: Make the temporary tax increase from 2010 permanent $500 property tax refund each year Job training tax cuts Establish solid spending caps $1.5 Billion for a Birth – 5 initiative Double the MAP […]

AFP Joins Fight Against Pro-Tax Increase Amanda Mancke

AFP is joining in the fight against Amanda Mancke in the race against Mark Batinick to replace Tom Cross as the 97th District Representative.  They sent out the following mailer about Mancke’s support for raising your taxes as we’ve highlighted here.