CHICAGO (April 17, 2014) – Illinois Policy Institute CEO John Tillman released the following statement today in response to the Illinois legislature advancing a proposal to commit $100 million in taxpayer funds to a presidential library in Chicago honoring President Barack Obama:
"It is outrageous that the most prolific fundraiser in the history of mankind would even entertain the notion of forcing Illinois’ poor and middle class to subsidize his presidential library.
"The president should let it be known that he will not accept taxpayer dollars for his presidential library and will instead look to his many wealthy financial backers to donate the funds.
"What makes the proposal even more outrageous is the fact that Illinois’ Democratic leaders are preparing to raise taxes on all Illinoisans by voting to make their “temporary” 2011 state income tax increase permanent.
"It’s a sad reflection on Illinois’ political class that they’d deny working families much-needed tax relief to offer a president “pay to play" to come home."
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