Category: IL Politics

House Joint Resolution Constitutional Amendment 44: to protect Illinoisans’ retirement income from taxation.

A preemptive step has been taken in Springfield to protect Illinoisans’ retirement income from taxation: State Rep. Allen Skillicorn, R-East Dundee, filed House Joint Resolution Constitutional Amendment 44, April 17, 2018:

Synopsis As Introduced
Proposes to amend the Revenue Article of the Illinois Constitution. Provides that there shall be no tax imposed by the State upon retirement income. Defines “retirement income”. Effective upon being declared adopted.

Here are the actions so far:

Actions

Date Chamber  Action
  4/17/2018 House Filed with the Clerk by Rep. Allen Skillicorn
  4/17/2018 House Read in Full a First Time
  4/17/2018 House Referred to Rules Committee

Even though the State of Illinois does not currently collect taxes on retirement income, this could be a very timely amendment.  In my opinion, the State of Illinois is in complete financial death spiral. Underfunded pensions, municipal bond ratings just a notch above junk, House Minority Leader Jim Durkin having filed House Resolution 975 to counter State Rep. Robert Martwick’s (D-Chicago) House Bill 3522 (progressive income tax).  There is a constant battle in Springfield over what and how much will be taxed.

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2018 Midterm Elections – A Time for Change

First let me qualify my position by stating that I am a Constitutional Conservative and the Republican Party is nowhere near what I want them to be.  In fact, I feel very let down and, at times betrayed, by their fiscal irresponsibility and willingness to cave to the Democrats.  With that said, the reality is that we are a two-party system.  I know, you say that there are multiple parties out there and we should support another if we want change.  This has been attempted in the past, i.e. Ross Perot and the Reform Party, with the result being votes taken away from Republican candidates and making the election of Democrats easier.  As this is a Representative Republic, we need to change the face of the Republican Party and not waste our votes on other parties which don’t stand a chance of winning.

The media is predicting “Blue Wave” in the upcoming election but I don’t believe it.  Granted, the Republicans didn’t help their cause by wasting the first year of the Trump term engaging in obstruction rather than embracing and supporting the clear statement made by voters in 2016; time to drain the swamp.  The American people showed that they don’t want more of the same and the GOP deafness to this may very well impact the midterms.

On the other hand, Trump has forged ahead in implementing his agenda despite this lack of GOP support.  The result is that the economy is booming, unemployment is at record lows, and the average American is already seeing the benefits of his tax reform in their pay checks.  Therefore, I doubt that the “Blue Wave” prediction holds no water, but voters need to rally and show the energy they did in 2016 to elect candidates who support the Trump agenda and send a second clear message of No More Business as Usual.

Residents of Illinois are once again given the opportunity to help initiate change.  Sadly, election after election they vote D either out of habit or because they just don’t do the research and realize what exactly they are voting for.  Here is the scorecard for our elected officials from Conservative Review, a site I recommend you visit as part of your electoral research.  In a nutshell, none of the Democrats voted for the Trump tax plan.

House:

Member Party State Liberty Score Years in DC Next Election
Randy Hultgren R IL D 66% 7 2018
Darin LaHood R IL D 63% 1 2018
Peter Roskam R IL F 54% 11 2018
Rodney Davis R IL F 37% 5 2018
John Shimkus R IL F 37% 21 2018
Mike Bost R IL F 33% 3 2018
Adam Kinzinger R IL F 32% 7 2018
Luis Gutierrez D IL F 27% 25 2018
Bobby Rush D IL F 26% 25 2018
Raja Krishnamoorthi D IL F 22% 1 2018
Jan Schakowsky D IL F 20% 19 2018
Daniel Lipinski D IL F 20% 13 2018
Danny Davis D IL F 20% 21 2018
Robin Kelly D IL F 17% 5 2018
Bill Foster D IL F 14% 5 2018
Mike Quigley D IL F 12% 9 2018

Source: Conservative Review

Sadly, our Senators are not on the ballot, so we are stuck with them for the time being.  I encourage you to do your research and use The CR Liberty Score® Grades Members of Congress to see what candidates in your district are all about.  The time for change is here and we need to help drain the swamp by replacing these “more of the same” Representatives.

IL Senate Bill 3604

The history of Illinois politics is chock full of tales of financial influence and corruption.  It is a shame that the state of Lincoln is so often associated with financial and political scandals that it is often viewed as business as usual.  Conservative residents of Illinois go to the polls and vote for change only to see the powerful Illinois Democrat political machine bring more of the same.  Political scandal in Illinois is not limited by party however, two recent Governors; Republican George Ryan and Democrat Rod Blagojevich both went to prison.

There are, however, some politicians who are trying to bring change to Illinois and put an end to the “Business as Usual” mentality that has dominated politics here for so long.   State Sen. Tom Cullerton, D-Villa Park  filed Senate Bill 3604, April 10 which would limit government workers’ ability to collect extravagant severance packages, also known as “golden parachutes,” on their way out the door.

Ok, so what is a conservative blog doing spotlighting a Bill proposed by a Democrat State Senator? Well, at this point any action that will curtail the financial the financial benefits public officials get is a step in the right direction.   Senate Bill 3604 would establish the Government Severance Pay Act which would impose a fixed ceiling on severance payouts, capping any severance pay at the equivalent of 20 weeks of compensation.

Conservative Review Grades Members of Congress

One of my favorite sites is Conservative Review.  On this site they rate Senators and Representatives based on their Liberty Score.  I sincerely thank them for the work they put in and value their scoring when I do my pre-election research.

The CR Liberty Score® Grades Members of Congress

“Conservative Review’s Liberty Score® grades members of Congress on the top 50 votes over a rolling six-year term. A letter grade is assigned to each member to help you quickly determine whether a lawmaker is supporting conservative principles. The Liberty Score® helps evaluate your representatives and senators, providing the tools necessary to separate rhetoric from reality. We don’t expect any elected officials to be perfect, but we do expect them to keep promises.”

This is where I found the information below which I filtered down to Illinois and got about what I expected:  Even the Republicans rate no higher than a D.

IL Senate:

Member Party State Liberty Score Years in DC Next Election
Richard Durbin D IL F 6% 21 2020
Tammy Duckworth D IL F 0% 5 2022

House:

Member Party State Liberty Score Years in DC Next Election
Randy Hultgren R IL D 66% 7 2018
Darin LaHood R IL D 63% 1 2018
Peter Roskam R IL F 54% 11 2018
Rodney Davis R IL F 37% 5 2018
John Shimkus R IL F 37% 21 2018
Mike Bost R IL F 33% 3 2018
Adam Kinzinger R IL F 32% 7 2018
Luis Gutierrez D IL F 27% 25 2018
Bobby Rush D IL F 26% 25 2018
Raja Krishnamoorthi D IL F 22% 1 2018
Jan Schakowsky D IL F 20% 19 2018
Daniel Lipinski D IL F 20% 13 2018
Danny Davis D IL F 20% 21 2018
Robin Kelly D IL F 17% 5 2018
Bill Foster D IL F 14% 5 2018
Mike Quigley D IL F 12% 9 2018
Cheri Bustos D IL F 11% 5 2018
Brad Schneider D IL F 10% 5 2014

What are the takeaways from this?  In my opinion, the majority of people in Illinois either do not care about conservative values, or they do not do their research and just vote for more of the same.  I sincerely hope it is the latter and getting more information out will help our State elect better candidates.  For this reason I implore you to share this information with everyone you know and direct them to Conservative Review to see what their Senators and Representatives are doing in Washington.

House Minority Leader Jim Durkin filed House Resolution 975 to stop the Progressive Income Tax

House Minority Leader Jim Durkin, R-Burr Ridge has taken a stand on yet another middle-class tax hike on the people of Illinois and it appears to have been successful.  Illinois politicians have been pushing State Rep. Robert Martwick’s (D-Chicago) House Bill 3522 – known as the Fiscally Responsible Illinois Entering New Days and Leaving Yesterday, or FRIENDLY, Act, proposes the following income tax rates:

  • 4 percent for income between $0-$7,500
  • 5.84 percent for income between $7,500-$15,000
  • 6.27 percent for income between $15,000-$225,000
  • 7.65 percent for income above $225,000

With the state hemorrhaging residents on the wake of last summer’s largest permanent income tax in Illinois history, House Minority Leader Jim Durkin filed House Resolution 975 which was co-sponsored by  Peter Breen – Sheri Jesiel – David S. Olsen – Dave SeverinJerry Lee LongSteven A. AnderssonMark BatinickPatricia R. BellockThomas M. BennettAvery BourneDan BradyTerri BryantTim ButlerJohn M. CabelloJohn CavalettoC.D. DavidsmeyerTom DemmerMike FortnerRandy E. FreseBrad HalbrookNorine K. HammondChad HaysJeanne M IvesSara Wojcicki JimenezMichael P. McAuliffeTony McCombieMargo McDermedDavid McSweeneyCharles MeierBill MitchellThomas MorrisonLindsay ParkhurstReginald PhillipsRobert W. PritchardSteven ReickDavid B. ReisNick SauerAllen SkillicornKeith P. SommerJoe SosnowskiRyan SpainBrian W. StewartDaniel SwansonMichael D. UnesGrant WehrliDavid A. WelterBarbara WheelerKeith R. Wheeler and Christine Winger.  This Resolution states that the co-sponsors “… stand united in opposition to any measure that would allow the creation of a graduated income tax on Illinois residents.” The lone exception of the House Republican Caucus was Rep. David Harris, R-Mount Prospect.

The strong support for House Resolution 975 constitutes a victory for the residents of Illinois as it prevents the proponents of this constitutional amendment from attaining the 71 votes which would constitute the super-majority needed for the referendum to be placed on the November ballot.  The fight is not over however.  I encourage all residents who oppose the progressive income tax to reach out to their representative and make them aware of your opposition by signing the Petition to Stop The Illinois Progressive Income tax.

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