COMMENTARY | It appears that Gov. Pat Quinn, who was elected by the narrowest of margins, essentially misled us in his campaign, saying the income tax increase he would allow was a 1 percent increase; the pending increase is 2 percent. He acts like he has amnesia.
Doug Finke of the Gatehouse News Service has posted an article titled “Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn defends income tax increase.”
I live in Peoria, Ill., which is downstate from Chicago by about 2½ hours. There are some things you should know about Illinois politics. The first is that the state is controlled by Chicago. It has the voting power because of its size and as a result the state is almost always a Democratic haven. The next thing is that the state has been quick to embrace such things as the lottery and riverboat gambling. Not surprisingly since both are open to crime and meddling, they have solved none of the state’s problems. However, people with gambling problems litter our countryside. Finally, crooks and Illinois office-holders go hand-in-hand. All you have to do is look at ex-governors Rod Blagojevich, Otto Kerner, Dan Walker and of course George Ryan. All these men were Illinois governors and all save Blagojevich did and/or are doing prison time for bribes among other sins.
It was a surprise that Quinn got elected to many of us but as I said it was by the narrowest of margins and believe me there is still a viable “Chicago Political Machine” in play so anything can happen in Illinois.
Quinn is right about one thing; the state is broke. However, throwing more money at things that the state pays for that it cannot afford (such as politicians’ salaries) isn’t going to solve problems that we have. That is why the entire Republican side of the aisle didn’t vote for this joke.
How will it affect me? Basically whatever money I earn will be taxed at the rate of 5 percent rather than 3 percent and there will be no change in services.
To show you what the priorities of our wonderful politicians are, the tax increase that did not pass was an increase on cigarette taxes. The black caucus demanded that education and property owners get a piece of the pie so as a result they played with the tax hike and that will now be a part of what they spend money for, already something not a part of the original scheme of things.
The Illinois population increase has not kept pace with the increase in the country by less than half during the last 10 years. Why do you think that is? One out of two of our schools fail for one thing and the state does not reflect local politics. Consider Peoria, my hometown. We have a large number of strip clubs and we brag about it. And we wonder why people don’t want to come to Peoria to raise their kids.
I have come to be embarrassed by my state. If we really needed a tax increase because of the economy I would understand. We have a bunch of people in office who care about one thing and that is them. Until we break the hold Chicago has on Illinois’ neck things will never change.
The Daily Caller Website, Scott Erickson, “Blago joins the crooked congca line of Illinois corruption”
rrstar.com website, Doug Finke, “Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn defends income tax increase”
Quick Facts Website, “U.S. and Illinois Census Figures”
WBEZ91.5 Website, Linda Lutton, “Illinois Officials seek alternatives as Illinois schools fail