AFP-IL Activists Make A Difference on Holding Legislators Accountable

May 28, 2014 by AFP

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 tax hike permanent after its expiration at the end of the year. Our activists have submitted letters to their legislators, signed our online petition, knocked on doors, handed out information to suburban commuters at Metra stations and made phonecalls to folks in their neighborhoods, and even protested legislators’ offices!  The message of all this hoopla?  Simple: “Legislators, keep your word!” As you’ve noticed, we’ve been talking about this an awful lot lately.  That’s because the Legislature is set to adjourn by May 31st and it’s our hope (and likely yours, too!) that they do not vote to make the temporaryincome tax hike permanent.  If they keep to their word and allow your state income tax bill to go down 25%, as promised, it’ll return $688 to the average taxpayer.  What could you do with $688?

AFP activists protesting outside the district office of state Rep. Michelle Mussman (D-Schaumburg)

It’s quite possible you’ve seen our television commercial or received a telephone call or a piece of mail from us talking about your legislator’s past promises to allow the temporarytax hike to expire.  And we’ll continue to pour resources into this battle but we need your help.  The Legislature’s set to adjourn on Saturday.  This is the final push.  Let’s not let up.  We need to keep the pressure on our elected officials to keep their promise.

Sample of a mailer which was sent to constituents of state Rep. Deborah Conroy (D-Villa Park)

AFP-IL would like to extend a sincere “thank you” to the thousands of activists who’ve taken action to hold our politicians accountable.  We would also ask, once again, for your help.  If you have not yet done so, please visit our Action Center and urge your legislator to allow the temporary tax hike to expire. You deserve a government that keeps its promises.  Please take a moment to remind them of that.