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Rauner moves back to property tax issue

Monday, Jul 9, 2018

* Gov. Rauner did a press event about property taxes today. From a media advisory…

Today, Governor Rauner will hold an event to highlight the corrupt property tax system in Cook County and how Mike Madigan is blocking reform. Governor Rauner will be joined by a Des Plaines resident who will tell her story of how rising property taxes are hurting her community, while the governor will make clear that voting for Madigan’s handpicked candidate, JB Pritzker, will lead to more taxes and more corruption.

* Here’s the Q&A


Gov. Rauner Property Tax Press Conference

Gov. Bruce Rauner holds a press conference to discuss property taxes in Illinois.

Posted by CBS Chicago on Monday, July 9, 2018

* Some coverage…


Taxes, Madigan, corruption, toilets. Lather, rinse, repeat.

- Posted by Rich Miller        

41 Comments
  1. - 47th Ward - Monday, Jul 9, 18 @ 11:24 am:

    Speaking of tax cheats, did anyone ask Rauner about his multiple homeowner’s exemptions, or is that old news?


  2. - cdog - Monday, Jul 9, 18 @ 11:27 am:

    It would be nice to hear more about Durkin’s proposal to sunset the horrible property tax statute, 35 ILCS 200 Property Tax Code.

    Durkin proposed it on the day SCOTUS changed the world. It didn’t get any attention.

    Rauner could win back some voters if he added this sunset/rewrite strategy to his platform, and actually worked to make it happen.

    You’d think that there could be bi-partisan agreement on this.


  3. - DuPage Saint - Monday, Jul 9, 18 @ 11:27 am:

    Madigan is corrupt. Berios is corrupt (and going away) Pritzker is more of same and comes with his own toilets. I get all that
    Governor but what exactly are you going to do. Maybe fund all schools like the Illinois Constitution says? Use a progress income tax state wide to fund the schools and at same time requiring the school portion of real estate taxes to go to state and off local tax rolls


  4. - Cheryl44 - Monday, Jul 9, 18 @ 11:28 am:

    47th beat me to it. It’s only cheating if JB did it on one vacant house.


  5. - Thoughts Matter - Monday, Jul 9, 18 @ 11:28 am:

    So a retiree on a pension, whose pension is not state taxed,is complaining about state spending. She’s complaining about property taxes/which don’t have one thing to do with state spending.
    I realize that it’s all about sound bites- but I roll my eyes at this. I feel she deserves her pension and I’m ok with her tax fee part of it. I just wish people should educate themselves about state va local. There are only two way ms to reduce property taxes. Reduce services or have the state jay got the services.
    Then the consumer will either pay a private company for the same services or pay more to the state in taxes. Well, not the retired teacher. She will only pay if a private company takes over the services.


  6. - Don Gerard - Monday, Jul 9, 18 @ 11:28 am:

    Hey, you know, the property tax rate in Champaign has not gone up in decades…oh, wait…right. The Governor is not very familiar with the place…


  7. - Whatever - Monday, Jul 9, 18 @ 11:29 am:

    “I’m sorry you’re going through all these property tax burdens.”

    And you can’t imagine how sorry I will be after I get teachers’ pension costs transferred to the schools!


  8. - Thoughts Matter - Monday, Jul 9, 18 @ 11:30 am:

    — tax free part-
    - state vs local-
    - two ways-
    Rich- I’m having a terrible time proofreading on my phone. An edit capability would be nice.


  9. - wordslinger - Monday, Jul 9, 18 @ 11:36 am:

    —…while the governor will make clear…–

    That’s a bold prediction, given Rauner’s track record of thinkin’ and talkin’ on his own.

    Let’s give it a wait-and-see.


  10. - Anonymous - Monday, Jul 9, 18 @ 11:37 am:

    When you own 7 homes, naturally, property taxes are a priority. The trick is ‘how do you complain about it, but make it seems like you’re helping the helpless?”


  11. - From the 'Dale to HP - Monday, Jul 9, 18 @ 11:43 am:

    Did he talk about how he proposed to raise property taxes via the cost shift in his FY2019 budget? Or does he ignore his actual policy proposals?


  12. - RNUG - Monday, Jul 9, 18 @ 11:47 am:

    As - Dupage- said, where is Rauner’s proposal to raise State level taxes to 100% fund K-12 and community college schools so the Local school property taxes can be eliminated? That would immediately reduce property taxes by around 70% or so.


  13. - Anonymous - Monday, Jul 9, 18 @ 11:48 am:

    Can include upcoming new Blago/JB recorded conversations.


  14. - zatoichi - Monday, Jul 9, 18 @ 12:02 pm:

    So mandate $40,000 for teachers and transfer school pensions to local school district and then cut property taxes. How does that balance? My current prop tax is 8.9%. Of that 4.7% goes to local school and 2.5% goes to the city. That leaves 1.7% for everything else (Roads, sewer, snow, county). Local school superindendent said taking over pension would likely add 1%. Yeah, that’ll be a cut.


  15. - Roman - Monday, Jul 9, 18 @ 12:02 pm:

    Everyone should watch the press conference footage. It serves as a prime example of how little Chicago reporters care about state government and politics…they move to the Rahm angle as soon as possible.

    And it would be nice if someone else in the Chicago press corps other than Amanda Vinicky could ask an informed and somewhat challenging question.


  16. - Annonin - Monday, Jul 9, 18 @ 12:10 pm:

    We are thinkin’ BTIA should have been able to find a prop that wasn’t a government pensioner and former school teacher. Koch Brothers Play Book says public workers and their pension are evil because private employers have screwed their workers and they don’t get pension.
    Did any wonder what the retire would say if they told her GovJunk wanted local taxpayers to pay full pension costs. Yikes who is behind the wheel of the GovJunk Clown Car


  17. - Skeptical - Monday, Jul 9, 18 @ 12:13 pm:

    This message would work better if Berrios were still on the ballot.


  18. - Keyrock - Monday, Jul 9, 18 @ 12:14 pm:

    By the way, which costume is that?


  19. - Sue - Monday, Jul 9, 18 @ 12:37 pm:

    As someone who respected Rauners business success- I have to ask why someone with his business acumen is flushing at least 100 million on a re-election bid. The Governor has no chance this November even without factoring in the third party conservative foisted on us by Madigan and his laborer allies. Unfortunately we are back to one party rule by folks whose only plan is raising taxes and spending more money😂😂


  20. - Silicon Prairie - Monday, Jul 9, 18 @ 12:38 pm:

    Well he is right, the Cook system is corrupt and Madigan is blocking reform bec he owns a property tax law firm, but Rauner hasnt really done anything to make a deal. and property taxes are worse in DuPage and Lake counties. Part of the issue is your tax is based on land and building sq ft and other variables, but really not if has been rehabbed. So 2 buildings could have same tax and be worth 300k difference in value since one was rehabbed and one was not


  21. - Chris Widger - Monday, Jul 9, 18 @ 12:53 pm:

    ==Rauner hasnt really done anything to make a deal.==

    You don’t negotiate with corruption, you destroy it. Rauner couldn’t do it, and so Illinois doesn’t have a path forward. We don’t usually blame firefighters when a fire kills someone, but that’s Illinois for you.


  22. - Honeybadger - Monday, Jul 9, 18 @ 1:04 pm:

    Retired teacher with a pension complaining about property taxes and being used as a prop for Gov. “I’m not in charge”. Puuuuhleeeeze, get a clue retired and current union workers, this guy does not like you. BTW-nice $70K truck in your driveway.


  23. - Anonymous - Monday, Jul 9, 18 @ 1:10 pm:

    I believe this retiree said that rising property taxes were hurting her community. She wasn’t whining about her own personal checkbook. And as for teachers, perhaps we should just provide public housing for them in huts and state provided meals and let them serve our children?


  24. - Rabid - Monday, Jul 9, 18 @ 1:17 pm:

    Rauner failed, no path forward, ending prevailing wage is his only plan for local taxe relief


  25. - Honeybadger - Monday, Jul 9, 18 @ 1:19 pm:

    No, not at all. I believe they are underpaid and deserve their pensions. Being used by Rauner as a prop is my problem. How about realizing she is being used by him? DesPlaines is a hurting community? Ummmm, gonna say no to that.


  26. - Honeybadger - Monday, Jul 9, 18 @ 1:21 pm:

    and by the way, anonymous, if she is paying property taxes it does come out of her personal checkbook, just like mine. You do realize that the biggest chunk of property taxes goes to the school district. Des Plaines is in a very good school district, thus it is probably higher


  27. - Steve Rogers - Monday, Jul 9, 18 @ 1:33 pm:

    Uhhh, that’s not a $75,000 truck in the driveway. I have an F150 that I bought, with about 150K miles on it with rust like she has, for $8,000.


  28. - Honeybadger - Monday, Jul 9, 18 @ 1:35 pm:

    Big fan of the F-150. Brand new with all the bells and whistles, can get up there in price.


  29. - Steve Rogers - Monday, Jul 9, 18 @ 1:49 pm:

    honeybadger, yep, I really love my F150 (except the rust). Looking at the grille, it looks like hers may be a late 1990s truck. Brand new, it would have been about $15,000. Your other points are spot on btw. Did BVR choose a blue costume to indicate sadness on her behalf?


  30. - Grandson of Man - Monday, Jul 9, 18 @ 1:51 pm:

    “You don’t negotiate with corruption, you destroy it.”

    Rauner and his supporters have no room to call anyone corrupt. Rauner is a hypocrite who in his own words got rich for decades off of public employee pensions, off of those “corrupt insiders.” He gave $300,000 in campaign cash for a Democrat after getting PA pension business.

    What’s the upshot of Rauner’s war? Doubling the deficit, tripling the bill backlog, decimating social services, slashing higher ed, stiffing providers, weak job growth, increased exodus from Illinois, GOP revolt, a tax hike with no reforms, toxic political environment, no contract or taxpayer savings from state employees, etc. Pretty GD stupid.


  31. - Lucky Pierre - Monday, Jul 9, 18 @ 2:03 pm:

    Property taxes will be an issue because in the election because only one state’s are higher

    JB doesn’t think it’s an issue and believes no one is leaving Illinois because of taxes


  32. - JS Mill - Monday, Jul 9, 18 @ 2:12 pm:

    =“I’m sorry you’re going through all these property tax burdens.”=

    Illinois state-level politicains over the last decade and a half have done a wonderful job of passing costs to schools. Blago jacked up the senior home owners exemption which cost the state nothing and I am sure earned him a few votes. Rauner’s behavior made it necessary to seek more local funding.

    That is why property taxes are so high.


  33. - wordslinger - Monday, Jul 9, 18 @ 2:37 pm:

    –You don’t negotiate with corruption, you destroy it. –

    I think it’s adorable that you take phone-it-in campaign talking points seriously.

    What should we do about Rauner’s investments in firms that have contracts with the state?


  34. - JS Mill - Monday, Jul 9, 18 @ 3:17 pm:

    =Property taxes will be an issue because in the election because only one state’s are higher=

    That is the only reason? Because only one other state has high property taxes? Time to come in from the heat. Your Raunerbot mother board is over heating.

    =JB doesn’t think it’s an issue and believes no one is leaving Illinois because of taxes=

    Now you are just making things up. You have as much integrity as Rauner and Trump.


  35. - Jocko - Monday, Jul 9, 18 @ 3:28 pm:

    I’m sorry you’re going through all these property tax burdens [while running up a billion dollars in interest penalties].”

    -fixed it for you.


  36. - Flynn's Mom - Monday, Jul 9, 18 @ 3:35 pm:

    Everyone is corrupt except Rauner. Right Ken Dunkin?


  37. - Grandson of Man - Monday, Jul 9, 18 @ 3:54 pm:

    Some have argued that a property tax freeze would have done more harm than good. But Democrats offered it, just not to Rauner’s and the GOP’s liking.

    When nothing is good enough, we might just wind up with…nothing.


  38. - Jocko - Monday, Jul 9, 18 @ 3:54 pm:

    I like how Mary Anne wants state spending held down…while neighbors pick up the slack from her $750 senior tax deduction.


  39. - Whatever - Monday, Jul 9, 18 @ 4:05 pm:

    She says her property taxes have gone up 50% since the 90’s. In 20 years, her 3% annual pension increase would have caused her pension to go up by 80%.


  40. - Mike Cirrincione - Monday, Jul 9, 18 @ 4:13 pm:

    I’ll stay in the northeast corner of Illinois. It’s nice to have a source of fresh water. I’ve heard some of the low tax states don’t.


  41. - Anonymous - Monday, Jul 9, 18 @ 5:39 pm:

    ==$750 senior tax deduction==

    Definitely needs to be done away with so that when today’s workers retire they get hit every which way, paying full freight for everything. /s


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