Illinoisans express alarm and anger at a government that has failed to align with their interests.
Through a variety of segments on Upstream Ideas, Illinois Opportunity Project spokesmen help connect the dots between voters’ visceral understanding that they’re being scammed and the mechanics of our fixed system.
In case you missed them, the following segments discuss recent headlines.
Connecting The Dots
Revolt or Bolt: Homeowners Expect 10% Tax Hike
The average homeowner in Chicago will see their property taxes increase by another 10%. Do you have to hate your money to buy in Chicago? How will you respond: revolt or bolt? On Chicago’s Morning Answer (560-AM), Dan and Amy, discussed what you can do, other than move, with Cook Co. Board of Review Commissioner Dan Patlak. And Commissioner Patlak explained who we have to thank for this series of property tax hikes. Listen to the interview here.
Against the Current
Action and Inaction in Springfield
Springfield lawmakers ended session without passing a balanced budget yet again, and instead considered multibillion-dollar tax hikes on already overburdened Illinois taxpayers. Why are lawmakers so resistant to enacting needed economic reforms and passing a balanced budget? On this edition of Against the Current, Dan Proft sits down with State Senator Dan McConchie who has said ‘no’ to any new tax hikes and has proposed a budget plan that balances without raising taxes. Watch the interview here. http://upstream-ideas.com/upstream-ideas/ideas/revolt-or-bolt-homeowners-expect-10-tax-hike
If you live in the suburbs of Chicago, you are already paying the highest property taxes in the nation. And yet, State Representatives like Deb Conroy, Carol Sente, Mike Halpin, Marty Moylan, Natalie Manley and Stephanie Kifowit voted to send your schools’ state funding to bailout schools in Chicago. State Senators like Melinda Bush, Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant, Laura Murphy, Tom Cullerton, Linda Holmes and Julie Morrison opted to defend Chicago’s Political Machine instead of your community. In their view, it is a greater threat to their power to cross their party leaders than to cross you. Pat Hughes explains in this edition of Two Minute Warning. http://upstream-ideas.com/upstream-ideas/ideas/suburban-democrats-sell-out-to-chicago-machine
In ‘Heart of the Matter,’ Jodi Carroll, a wife and mother of three, discusses the direct impact local government policies and actions have on our families and everyday lives. In this episode, how do school referendums and other property tax increases hurt families and cause home values to decline? Watch the discussion here. http://upstream-ideas.com/upstream-ideas/ideas/heart-of-the-matter-school-referendums