* Republican Roger Keats scored just 26 percent against Toni Preckwinkle in last year’s Cook County Board President’s race. Now, he’s leaving the state in a huff…
We are moving to Texas where there is no income tax while Illinois’ just went up 67%. Texas’ sales tax is ½ of ours, which is the highest in the nation. Southern states are supportive of job producers, tax payers and folks who offer opportunities to their residents. Illinois shakes them down for every penny that can be extorted from them.
In The Hill Country of Texas (near Austin and San Antonio) we bought a gracious home on almost 2 acres with a swimming pool. It is new, will cost us around 40% of what our home in Wilmette just sold for and the property taxes are 1/3rd of what they are here. Crook County’s property tax system is a disaster: Wilmette homes near ours sell for 50% more and their property taxes are ½ of ours. Our assessed home value was 50% higher than the sales price. The system is unfair and incompetent.
Our home value is down 40%, our property taxes are up 20% and our local schools have still another referendum on the ballot to increase taxes over 20% in one year. I could go on, but enough is enough. I feel as if we are standing on the deck of the Titanic and I can see the icebergs right in front of us. I will miss our friends a great deal. I have called Illinois home for essentially my entire life. But it is time to go where there is honest, competent and cost effective government. We have chosen to vote with our feet and our wallets. My best to all of you and Good luck!
* Friday deadline for state financial aid, earliest cut-off in history
* Affluent schools also feel financial strain - Wealthier districts face unfamiliar cuts as tax revenue shrinks
* State school board reports 2,000 teacher layoffs in 2010
* School Districts Cut Teachers, Art, And Other Programs To Make Ends Meet
* Regional superintendents on firing line
* GOP Lawmakers: School Consolidation Proposal Lacks Support: “I don’t believe that there will be enough support in the legislature to move forward with any kind of a forced consolidation,” State Sen. Dave Syverson said.
* Probation officers hit by statewide budget cuts
* Costs, benefits of local tax districts a mystery
* Anti-TIF marchers demand $4M from N. Side auto dealer
* McHenry County GOP State’s Attorney Bianchi’s misconduct trial begins Monday
* State investigating Oak Brook mayor’s full-time job