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OP-ED: (UN)HAPPY 81ST ANNIVERSARY, ILLINOIS SALES TAX…

July 02, 2014

On July 1, 1933, Illinois’ sales tax went into effect and served as the primary revenue source for state government until the addition of the state income tax in 1969. After a different version had been struck down by the Illinois Supreme Court earlier that year, it took six roll calls to secure passage – [...]

Illinois Review: AMERICANS FOR PROSPERITY-ILLINOIS KEY IN DEFEATING THREE TAX HIKE MEASURES

June 12, 2014

CHICAGO – Illinois’ chapter of Americans for Prosperity celebrated quietly Friday night when the Illinois General Assembly adjourned until November 19th. AFP-IL – headed by executive director David From – was a key part of an anti-tax team that pushed back House Speaker Mike Madigan on three different income tax hike measures: 1. making the [...]

Taxpayers can breathe a sigh of relief; the Legislature's adjourned

June 12, 2014

Taxpayers can breathe a sigh of relief; the Legislature’s adjourned. For months, there existed a constantly-looming threat of new taxes and the uncertainty of whether promised tax relief, in the form of the expiration of the temporary income tax hike, would be allowed. The Legislature adopted a budget that utilizes fuzzy government math & gimmicks, [...]

AMERICANS FOR PROSPERITY REACTS TO NEW EPA RULES

June 03, 2014

“Administration Destroying Jobs for No Clear Environmental Benefit” SPRINGFIELD – Today Americans for Prosperity, the nation’s largest grassroots advocate for free market energy policies, reacted to new carbon regulations released by the EPA, which calls for a 30 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030. The regulations will be particularly burdensome in Illinois, where [...]

AFP-IL HAILS FY2015 BUDGET AS VICTORY FOR TAXPAYERS

May 30, 2014

SPRINGFIELD – Americans for Prosperity- Illinois State Director David From released the following statement in reaction to the Illinois Senate’s passage of the FY2015 budget, which allows the 2011 temporary tax hike to begin to expire as scheduled: “There is plenty to dislike in the budget passed by the General Assembly today, specifically that it [...]

AFP-IL Activists Make A Difference on Holding Legislators Accountable

May 28, 2014

At our core, AFP – Illinois is an organization, 65,000 strong, of grassroots leaders from across Illinois.  Your dedication to promoting economic freedom and greater opportunities in the Land of Lincoln are apparent.  Your efforts, in part, halted the graduated income tax and have made it difficult for Springfield Democrats to make the temporary income [...]

AFP-IL Launches Effort to Hold Legislators Accountable on Income Tax Hike

May 06, 2014

SPRINGFIELD – Today Americans for Prosperity – Illinois is launching the first phase of a campaign calling on legislators to honor their promise to taxpayers by keeping the 67% income tax hike temporary. The effort consists of a massive direct mail effort, along with a website, KeepItTemporary.com, and grassroots efforts to oppose Governor Quinn and Speaker [...]

AFP-IL to host Tax Townhall in DeKalb with Reps. Demmer & Pritchard

April 18, 2014

Were you aware that some politicians in Springfield are considering a number of income tax increases, including a graduated, or “progressive” tax that could affect all Illinois taxpayers who earn over $22,000? On Wednesday, Join state Representatives Tom Demmer & Bob Pritchard, along with AFP-IL, for a townhall meeting to learn about the various tax [...]

“At Sea Without Rudder or Compass”

April 11, 2014

Nearly 170 years ago, Scottish economist John Ramsey McCulloch, who served as editor of the 1828 edition of Adam Smith’s Wealth of Nations, said, “the moment you abandon…the cardinal principle of extracting from all individuals the same proportion of their income…you are at sea without rudder or compass, and there is no amount of injustice [...]