Sparks fly: Brady's running mate Rodriguez accuses Dillard and Rutherford of favoring tax increases-- Cable and Web

Maria Rodriguez:  Dan Rutherford has said perhaps we should leave the income tax increase in place...

Tonight’s Chicago Metro North and Northwest suburban edition of “Public Affairs,”  with show host Jeff Berkowitz features Maria Rodriguez (R-Long Grove), Senator Bill Brady’s Lt. Gov. running mate in Brady’s campaign for Governor in the 2014 Republican Primary. The show consists of  Republican Lt. Gov. candidate Rodriguez discussing and debating the key IL gubernatorial race issues with show host Jeff Berkowitz.

Senator Bill Brady’s Lt. Gov. running mate Maria Rodriguez:  I support the sunseting of the income tax increase (Lowering the individual income tax to 3.25 % and lowering the corporate income tax.

Jeff Berkowitz: Would you take it back even further to the original level of 2010 [lower the individual income tax to 3%]

Senator Bill Brady’s Lt. Gov. running mate Maria Rodriguez:  I think we have to look at a variety of possibilities, I know that one of Bill Brady’s opponents has suggested increasing the gas tax. Another opponent has suggested that we leave that [income tax increase] alone.

Jeff Berkowitz: Wait, whose the opponent who has suggested that we increase the gas tax?

Senator Bill Brady’s Lt. Gov. running mate Maria Rodriguez:  Kirk Dillard has suggested that we increase the gas tax. I don’t agree with that.

Jeff Berkowitz: Who has suggested that we leave the income tax increase alone?

Senator Bill Brady Lt. Gov. running mate Maria Rodriguez:  Dan Rutherford has said perhaps we should leave the income tax increase in place...

Public Affairs with Jeff Berkowitz, program recorded on October 5, 2013


 Public Affairs with Jeff Berkowitz, featuring Lt. Gov. candidate Maria Rodriguez,  airs tonight (Tuesday) at 8:30 pm in 24 North and Northwest Chicago Metro suburbs on 

Comcast Cable Ch. 19 in Buffalo Grove, Elk Grove Village, Hoffman Estates, parts of Inverness, Lincolnwood, Morton Grove, Niles, Northfield, Palatine, Rolling Meadows and Wilmette.

and on

Comcast Cable Ch. 35 in Arlington Heights, Bartlett, Glenview, Golf, Des Plaines, Hanover Park, Mt. Prospect, Northbrook, Park Ridge, Prospect Heights, Schaumburg, Skokie, Streamwood and Wheeling.


The Public Affairs show featuring Republican Lt. Gov. candidate Rodriguez  also airs tomorrow night at 8:30 pm in ten Chicago Metro North Shore suburbs on Comcast Cable Ch. 19, including Bannockburn, Deerfield, Ft. Sheridan, Glencoe, Highland Park, Highwood, Kenilworth, Lincolnshire, Riverwoods and Winnetka.


You can also watch the show featuring Senator Brady’s running mate, Maria Rodriguez, 24/7 on your computer.


Candidate Rodriguez debates and discusses with show host Jeff Berkowitz a number of the gubernatorial campaign issues, including state employee pension reform, taxes, spending, school vouchers, charter schools, corruption, improving the state economy and improving job growth across the state of Illinois, when abortion should be legal and whether there should be greater regulation by the state of abortion facilities to insure that when performed, abortion is safe.


Lt. Gov. candidate Rodriguez is the first, and at this point, the only Lt. Gov. candidate to subject herself to vigorous questioning on the issues.  The other gubernatorial candidates are keeping their running mates “under wraps,” so to speak. It is questionable whether that is a winning strategy and it will be interesting to see which of the mainstream media cooperate with the campaigns to help them hide their candidates’ views and intellectual capabilities from the public.


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  • We should leave it in place while we work on amending the IL Constitution to allow for a graduated income tax.

  • In reply to Cheryl:

    The problem with that is that the Illinois politicians will soon figure out how to do it like in the days of King Mario I of New York, i.e. the top graduated rate was 7.75%, but as a result of bracket creep, pretty much everyone was paying over 6.5%. The only way to cure the problem in NY, especially when they continued extending temporary tax rates, was to vote out King Mario. Finally he teed off so many New Yorkers that they did it. I don't have quite as much faith in Illinois voters, especially those of the "tax someone else" variety.

    The state has to get its budget in line first, and Quinn can't let Cullerton bully that the pension crisis isn't. Apparently once the judge allowed the funds transfers to pay legislators' salaries, all impetus to pension reform was lost, as indicated in today's Daily Herald editorial.

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