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  1. jack bedford

    Can we hear that again? The State’s Attorney’s office gave the police department permission to destroy the files in question and Mayor Huston did not even bother to find out who gave this order. The incompetence seems to go beyond the Police Department.

  2. John Sanford

    Questions for Governor Rauner on Bishop Morning Show
    From: John Sanford (
    Sent: Mon 7/27/15 10:41 AM
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    1. Increase gambling taxes comparable to most other states to help balance the budget?
    2. Raise motor fuel tax before suppliers increase prices to fix city streets and sewers?
    3. Revise Illinois tax code to balance budget in accord with Illinois tax Policy Institute’s Ralph Martierie and State Representative Jack Franks Bipartisan Committee?
    4. Stop discriminating against state workers and waging war with the democrats, as a diversion from Illinois antiquated tax code and budgeting?

    When recent quarterly state funding transfers were threatened, a school association pointed out that Illinois ranks in the top ten states nationally for Gross Domestic Product GDP, but in the lowest bottom ten states for school funding per pupil. UIUC Professor Emeritus and Attorney John Kindt has published articles, with Senator Paul Simon in the past, that Illinois budget would have had a surplus in January 2013 if it had taxed gambling like the most other States. Not only school funding, but pension crisis and unpaid bills and medical-aid. The pension “crisis” was created in part by the Chicago Business Executives Citizen Club and the past Governor from Chicago to divert attention away from Illinois antiquated tax laws favoring them. A 75% pension funding level, instead of 100%, with level payments over a longer time is financially attainable for the state, just as is an increase of 1% contributions for federal Social Security Sustainability. The current Gov’s budget advertisements remind me of my high school journalism class teachings about Nazi Propaganda in the 1930’s to convince German citizens to discriminate and go to war.
    recent State Journal Register article by
    Rep. Jack Franks: Illinois should look to tax code for savings
    With the state facing severe fiscal challenges, we regularly hear from politicians on both sides of the aisle that “tough choices” must be made.
    Reform proposals then usually are described in vague terms, with pledges to reduce spending, cut wasteful programs or make certain groups “pay their fair share.”
    Unfortunately, Illinois taxpayers cannot afford continued avoidance of the dangers we face. The state has more than $5 billion in unpaid bills and often takes more than 12 months to reimburse providers for their services. Illinois taxpayers bear the second-highest property tax burden in the country, paying more every year to local governments.
    According to Nobel Prize-winning economist Eugene Fama, the methods used to calculate Illinois’ often-cited $100 billion pension debt are filled with rosy assumptions that are unlikely to bear out, so that already unfathomable number could actually be two, three or even four times greater.
    As a result of the uncertainty created by these circumstances, Illinois’ economic recovery continues to lag behind the rest of the country. This deficit of positive growth creates a self-sustaining tailspin in which the diminished quality of life causes residents to leave, further weakening the quality of life here and causing more taxpayers to move to other states.
    The inherent contradiction at the center of Illinois’ fiscal crisis is that, by all objective measurements, state government needs increased revenues to operate, but it repeatedly has shown itself to be a terrible manager of public money. For this reason, I have never voted for a tax increase. I and Republican Rep. David McSweeney are the only two members of the House to publicly state unequivocal opposition to a tax increase. We disagree a hike is necessary because we believe more choices exist than simply raising taxes or cutting essential state services to the bone.
    Last year I led a bipartisan group of legislators in looking at Illinois’ obsolete and unfair tax code. We found Illinois takes too much from individuals and small businesses while giving unnecessary breaks to large multi-national corporations that don’t need them to be profitable or to create jobs.
    The Economic Development for a Growing Economy tax credit costs taxpayers more than $200 million yearly but is virtually unavailable to the small and medium-sized businesses that do the majority of hiring in Illinois. The Vendor Collection Allowance, a credit provided to businesses for collecting sales tax, is far more generous in Illinois than in other states, at a cost to taxpayers of several hundred million dollars per year.
    The state even has a tax credit for offshore oil companies, costing taxpayers $25 million each year, despite that Illinois’ only shoreline is Lake Michigan, where there is no drilling. And Illinois’ last governor ignored several recommendations made by the Illinois State Lottery that independent experts believe could generate more than $1 billion per year in additional revenue.
    Failing to reform these policies puts the cost of financing Illinois’ obsolete school-funding formula, broken pension systems and a waste-riddled Medicaid program on the backs of individual taxpayers and small-business owners. Illinois desperately needs to improve how it funds education statewide without taking needed funding from local schools. We must finance state employee retirement in a fiscally responsible manner and pay for health care for the sickest and neediest residents more efficiently.
    But in doing so, we must ensure individuals and small-business owners are not paying for the cost of the “tough choices” when so many other options exist and we have seen the negative consequences of high taxes and overspending.
    — Rep. Jack Franks, D-Marengo, has served in the Illinois House since 1999.


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