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Bankrupt Illinois Slams Citizens With 32% Income Tax Hike, More to Come

July 7, 2017 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Bruce Rauner, Budget, Business, Chicago, Cook County, Democrats/Leftists, Earmarks, Economy/Finances, Ethics, Government, Government Corruption, House of Representatives, Illinois, Jobs, Liberals, Michael Madigan, Progressives, Property Taxes, Senate, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on


Bankrupt Illinois Slams Citizens With 32% Income Tax Hike, More to Come

-By Warner Todd Huston

As the state of Illinois edges near becoming the first U.S. state to ever be rated junk bond status, the Democrat-controlled legislature of the bankrupt state of Illinois has just voted to slam its citizens with a hefty 32 percent hike in state income taxes.

After a series of delays as a legislature obviously embarrassed by its own actions dithered, the State House finally approved of the Senate’s override of the governor’s veto with a 71-42 vote burdening the state with a massive tax hike. It was a vote that saw ten of the state’s Republican contingent abandon Republican values and join the Democrats in approval.

Thursday’s vote permanently increases the state’s personal income tax rate from 3.75 percent to 4.95 percent. It also raises the burden on businesses raising the rate from 5.9 percent to seven. It all amounts to a 32 percent hike for the average Illinoisan and a $5 billion tax hike overall.

The new tax hike all the more galling because Illinois already has the highest property taxes in the nation, a fact that often forces retirees out of their homes and fleeing to other states. This is also a situation not lost on the state’s African American population, either. Illinois is witnessing a growing number of its African American citizens moving out of the state with Chicago and Cook County residents leaving at the fastest rate.
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Governor Rauner Should Appoint Adam Andrzejewski as His State Comptroller

December 29, 2014 | Filed Under Adam Andrzejewski, Bruce Rauner, Government, Ill. County, Illinois, Illinois State Government, Republicans, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on


Governor Rauner Should Appoint Adam Andrzejewski as His State Comptroller

-By Warner Todd Huston

Adam Andrzejewski has thrown his hat in the ring to become the new Illinois Governor’s pick to replace deceased State Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka and I think there isn’t a better, more qualified candidate than Adam.

Patriots In Action recently sent out a letter to supporters urging them to contact Rauner’s transition team to have the incoming governor consider Adam Andrzejewski (And-gee-efski) for the position.

Here is what she sent out…

You may be aware that Adam Andrzejewski has made application for the appointment to the open Illinois Comptroller position.

I realize it is a very busy time of the year, but time is of the essence.

If you would be so kind, to let Governor Elect Bruce Rauner know your thoughts and recommendation.

For quick background, Mike Flynn- a Quincy, IL native and editor at Breibart wrote a great column last week about this.

Please take a few minutes and write an e-mail recommending Adam to this most important financial office in Illinois.

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With Topinka Gone, How Will Illinois Replace its Comptroller?

December 11, 2014 | Filed Under Bruce Rauner, Constitution, Elections, Ethics, GOP, Government, Illinois, Illinois State Government, Judy Baar-Topinka, Pat Quinn, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on


With Topinka Gone, How Will Illinois Replace its Comptroller?

-By Warner Todd Huston

With the passing of Illinois State Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka, the state is faced with a bit of a dilemma. How should she be replaced?

After a lifetime of service to the state, Topinka passed away at the age of 70 from the effects of a stroke suffered last week. She was serving her second term as state comptroller to which she was just re-elected this year.

But her passing comes at an inconvenient time for state government as the current governor has only a month to go in his final term and the next governor is from the opposing party.
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Ill. Sen. Dave Syverson is an Example of Why the Ill. GOP is a Miserable Failure

November 12, 2014 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Bruce Rauner, Budget, Business, Chicago, Democrats/Leftists, Elections, Ethics, GOP, Government, Government Corruption, Government, Ill. County, Illinois, Illinois State Government, Jobs, Liberals, President, Progressives, Republicans, Senate, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on


Ill. Sen. Dave Syverson is an Example of Why the Ill. GOP is a Miserable Failure

-By Warner Todd Huston

Only days after the 2014 election that gave Illinois a new business-minded, tax-cutting Republican as its new Governor, Illinois State Senator and nominal Republican Dave Syverson gave us all a perfect example of why the Illinois GOP is such a crashing failure when he chirped up that he’d love to make the “temporary” state income tax hike permanent, BEFORE the new Governor even gets a chance to take office.

The 2014 midterm elections were a sharp rebuke to a nation of big spending, big government Democrats that have destroyed state budgets, the American healthcare industry, and engorged government in every corner of the nation. This wave election even affected deep blue Illinois as an insurgent first-time Republican candidate beat a thoroughly entrenched Democrat incumbent.

One of the reasons that new Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner beat Democrat Pat Quinn is because Rauner ran on his outsider status, his business acumen, and his promises to cut taxes and get the state back from the brink of collapse. Rauner promised to change the absolute fact that Illinois is the worst state in the country in every single measure of what makes a successful state.
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Even in Blue Illinois the GOP Wave of 2014 Had an Impact, But The State is STILL A Major Failure

November 5, 2014 | Filed Under Barack Obama, Bruce Rauner, Congress, Democrats/Leftists, Elections, Ethics, GOP, Government, Government Corruption, Government, Ill. County, Illinois State Government, John Cullerton, Liberals, Michael Madigan, Pat Quinn, President, Progressives, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on


Even in Blue Illinois the GOP Wave of 2014 Had an Impact, But The State is STILL A Major Failure

-By Warner Todd Huston

The Republicans bumped up their gains in the Senate and the House of Representatives and also gained in Governor’s mansions across the nation and even deep, deep blue Illinois was affected by this GOP wave. But even with these few bright spots, Illinois is the worst state in the union on every level.

But, yes, last night there were some bright spots. First of all, two Democrats lost their seats in the House of Representatives.

In the 10th District over in Lake County, Robert Dold re-took the seat he lost in 2012 when Democrat Brad Schneider knocked him out. Schneider rode Obama’s coat tails into the House in the big 2012 Democrat sweep.

Dold endured a vicious campaign full of lies launched by Schneider and the Democrat Congressional Campaign Committee. The Democrats claimed Dold was a “Tea Party” extremist and a major anti-abortion activist and neither are true.

But the shocker was the 12th District race where State Rep, Mike Bost just slammed Democrat incumbent Bill Enyart by a wide margin. I don’t think anyone had this major upset on their radar here in Illinois. Enyart only got one term and was ushered into office in 2012 along with the 10th District’s Schneider.

But the biggest upset is the race for Governor in the Land of Lincoln.
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New Tone: Illinois Democrat Leader Says Republicans Would Hire ISIS Terrorists

August 25, 2014 | Filed Under al Qaeda, Anti-Americanism, Bruce Rauner, Democrats/Leftists, Elections, Ethics, GOP, Government, Government Corruption, Government, Ill. County, House of Representatives, Illinois, Illinois State Government, Iraq, ISIS, Islamofascism, Jihad, Liberals, Michael Madigan, Progressives, Republicans, Terrorism, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on


New Tone: Illinois Democrat Leader Says Republicans Would Hire ISIS Terrorists

-By Warner Todd Huston

Last weekend Illinois GOP candidate for Governor Bruce Rauner took the ALS “ice bucket challenge.” When he did he urged Illinois Democrat leaders to join him in the challenge. In reply, the state’s Democrat House leader outrageously found a way to link the charitable challenge to a claim that Republicans are like the ISIS terrorists in Iraq!

Instead of picking a long-time politician, Republican voters in the Land of Lincoln chose businessman Rauner as their candidate for Governor and he has been quite a different kind of candidate. I suppose he felt that the ALS challenge was a feels good way to lighten politics up a bit in Illinois–a place where calling politics a “blood sport” is an understatement.

Well, to show that even charities aren’t beyond being used for mean spirited political jabs, the office of Democrat House Speaker Michael Madiagn responded to the ALS challenge by claiming that Rauner would like to hire ISIS terrorists for his campaign.
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Despite What Quinn Claims, Illinois Leads In Job Loss

August 19, 2014 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Bruce Rauner, Budget, Business, Capitalism, Constitution, Crime, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Elections, Entitlements, Ethics, Government, Government Corruption, Illinois, Jobs, Liberals, Pat Quinn, Progressives, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on


Despite What Quinn Claims, Illinois Leads In Job Loss

-By Warner Todd Huston

On Monday the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that, contrary to Governor Quinn’s rosy statements, Illinois has lost jobs over the last year. In fact job numbers are worse than they’ve been in 35 years.

Earlier in August, as he stumped for re-election, Gov. Quinn made a big show of the fact that unemployment has fallen in the Land of Lincoln. The federal government reported that the unemployment rate fell to 6.8 percent, the lowest level since August of 2008 when it was 6.7 percent.

Announcing the news, Quinn said, “Putting people back to work is my number one priority. There are more people working now than when I took office and today’s good news shows that we are headed in the right direction.”
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Ill GOP Gov Poll: Rauner Still Leading, Dillard Takes Second Place

February 26, 2014 | Filed Under Bill Brady, Bruce Rauner, Chicago, Dan Rutherford, Democrats/Leftists, Elections, GOP, Government, Government, Ill. County, Illinois, Illinois State Government, Kirk Dillard, Republicans, Senate, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on


Ill GOP Gov Poll: Rauner Still Leading, Dillard Takes Second Place

-By Warner Todd Huston

The folks at Champion News has the results of a new poll that shows that race for the GOP nomination for Governor has tightened a little and a new candidate has stormed into second place.

Conservative businessman Bruce Rauner is still in the lead, but his numbers have dropped to 18 percent. This is to be expected as we get closer to primary Election Day.

But the more interesting aspect of this poll is that State Senator Kirk Dillard has stormed into second place while State Treasurer Dan Rutherford, the former number two man, has fallen to the bottom of the pack.

The poll gives Rauner a big lead at 35.6 percent. But Dillard has come from last place to second with 17.25 percent of the vote. Then, taking up a perennial third place, State Senator Bill Brady garnered 12.8 percent of the vote.
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Some Sparks At WLS GOP Governor Debate

February 11, 2014 | Filed Under Bill Brady, Bruce Rauner, Budget, Conservatives, Dan Rutherford, Elections, GOP, Government, Government, Ill. County, Kirk Dillard, Republicans, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on


Some Sparks At WLS GOP Governor Debate

-By Warner Todd Huston


The debate stage.

Tonight, February 10, WLS AM 89 talk radio, hosted a debate of what was supposed to be all four candidates vying for the GOP nomination for governor. Unfortunately, only three decided to accept the invitation to join the debate. Candidate Rauner decided not to speak to the six or seven hundred locals nor the WLS radio audience.


Snub: Bruce Rauner’s empty poduum.

In attendance were State Treasurer Dan Rutherford, and State Senators Bill Brady and Kirk Dillard. Not in attendance< was businessman Bruce Rauner. WLS talk show host Dan Proft moderated. I have to say, most of what what was said by the candidates was run of the mill stuff they've all said 100 times before--and for some over several losing campaigns for the same office. But a few sparks did fly, one over a new issue and another over an old.


Rutherford and Brady sharing a laugh before the debate.

Firstly, though the biggest disappointment of the night was that all three candidates denounced Illinois being a right to work state and all dismissed the idea that the union should be limited in the Land of Lincoln. But since most are taking big donations from the union, I guess that shouldn’t be a surprise.

But the fact is, every Republican should be an opponent of government employee unions.
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State Treasurer Dan Rutherford’s Public Statement on Upcoming Charges

January 31, 2014 | Filed Under Bruce Rauner, Chicago, Dan Rutherford, Elections, Government, Government, Ill. County, Illinois, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on


State Treasurer Dan Rutherford’s Public Statement on Upcoming Charges

-By Warner Todd Huston

Today, Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford has come out to charge that operatives of rival GOP gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner is trying to smear him. Rutherford says he is being extorted by an attorney connected to Bruce Rauner who is representing someone who plans to make some sort of harassment charge against the Treasurer.

The thus far unnamed person is apparently an employee of the Illinois Department of the Treasury. Rutherford claims that he was contacted by an attorney who works (or has worked) for Rauner and that attorney said that if Rutherford pays his publicly unnamed client $300,000, no charges will be filed.

Rutherford says that Rauner is initiating a shake down effort and attempting to hurt Rutherford’s campaign for Governor.

Now, Rutherford has put out an official statement about this issue:
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