Tag: IL property tax freeze

You give us 90 seconds- We give you what you need to know for your Governor vote.

–Indeed, this may be Rauner’s only accomplishment as Governor- A liar in a League of his Own.  ******* Missed this week’s Public Affairs, not to worry, you can watch 24/7 the show with Republican Party Gubernatorial challenger Jeanne Ives  (22 minutes) and  Berkowitz’s commentary on the Dem Gov Primary and Fall Gov general election (7 ... Read more »

Gov. Emasculated or Gov. No new taxes unless we get real reforms? Will the real Gov. Rauner stand up?

In the words of Dirty Harry, the 23 Republican  legislators who supported on Friday the Madigan fiscal 2018 spending resolution  need to ask themselves the same question the perp was asked by Harry as the perp started to reach for a gun…“I bet you are wondering, did he fire six shots or only five…you’ve got... Read more »

Watch IPI's Dabrowski show Gov. Rauner & Speaker Madigan how to balance the IL budget w no new taxes, Cable/Web

Berkowitz: You want a zero tax increase, is that right…Nada! Nothing! Ted Dabrowski, VP, Illinois Policy Institute: …There has been a narrative that …only … way to fix Illinois … is through billions of dollars in tax hikes… Dabrowski: [But] what we don’t need to do is to bail out politicians again through tax hikes.... Read more »

Who has the answer to Illinois' budget woes? Speaker Madigan, Gov. Rauner or Ted Dabrowski? Cable/Web

And, if you miss tonight’s TV show with Dabrowski on balancing the State budget with no new taxes  (See, below), you can watch it 24/7 here. Dem Narrative The State of Illinois is at a crossroads, so to speak. It has now gone two years without a budget.  The Democratic Party narrative is that when... Read more »

Watch the IL Policy Institute's Dabrowski w/Berkowitz balance the IL Budget w/o a tax increase, Cable/Web

Berkowitz: You want a zero tax increase, is that right…Nada! Nothing! Ted Dabrowski, VP, Policy, Illinois Policy Institute: I think what we need to understand is that there has been a narrative that there is only one way to fix Illinois and that is through billions of dollars in tax hikes… Dabrowski: [But] what we... Read more »

Gov. Rauner puts a brick on the Cullerton-Radogno Grand Bargain

Maybe…Gov. Rauner will  bring in Tillman and Proft to assist in negotiating with the other three leaders. ******** For the last two months or so, Senate President John Cullerton (D-Chicago) and Senate Republican Leader Chris Radogno (R-Lemont) have been developing their Grand Bargain. Radogno was to get Senate Republicans to support increased taxes in exchange... Read more »

Gov. Rauner’s 2018 Re-election theme was embedded in his budget speech: winning the middle voters with pale pastels

Revised at 4 pm on Thursday. Dabrowski was critical of Gov. Rauner for including too many spending increases– and leaving the door open to tax hikes— which the Illinois Policy Institute seems to view like a plague of locusts that leads to famine. Or, as Bill Clinton and Governor Rauner might say, “It’s political economy,... Read more »

A guide to how Gov. Rauner should address the State on Wednesday: Watch Berkowitz w/Leader Durkin (Could he Primary Rauner?), Cable and Web

Republican State House Leader Jim Durkin:  …If the Democrats want revenue, they need to get reforms passed first. I am always going to keep an open mind to any proposal from the Democrats. But. … Tonight’s City of Chicago edition of “Public Affairs,” features Republican State House Leader Jim Durkin.   The show airs throughout the... Read more »

Does Gov. Rauner want to govern Illinois? Or, has he become Governor Mush?

Mike Flannery[Fox 32 News]: The Illinois Policy Institute’s John Tillman has told us that billions could be cut appropriately from the state budget, why haven’t you done that? Gov. Rauner: We have cut many hundreds of millions and the reasons for not the rest, I have said. ******************************************** Really, wherever you go, from a Winnetka... Read more »

The Cullerton-Radogno Grand Bargain IL Budget/Reforms not even close to done?

Yesterday, the Cullerton-Radogno Grand Bargain hit some fairly jolting speed bumps that State Senator and 2014 Republican Primary candidate Bill Brady (R-Bloomington) said will prevent consummation of any budget deal for at least a few weeks, and some of the unresolved issues may be “Monumental.” These “Monumental,” remaining issues could take months, or even longer,... Read more »