* Democrat Anne Stava-Murray defeated Republican Rep. David Olsen. As we’ve discussed before, she’s also fiercely anti-Madigan. From her Facebook page…
Legislators are deciding THIS WEEK on whether or not to commit to vote for Madigan as speaker.
I have committed to voting “nay,” a campaign promise I will keep.
Some other reps are currently considering speaking out against bullying and voting “Nay” to Madigan and community support could help them commit sooner.
Contrary to popular belief, YOU can do something about this!! Here are three things to do:
1) Sign & Share this Change dot org petition: https://chn.ge/2RMrxEo
2) Call your newly elected State Rep and make the ask: that both parties (R)s and (D)s nominate TWO candidates for Speaker.
Not sure who to call? PM me your address and I will send you the number to call.
3) While you’re on the phone with your rep, ask them to commit to voting “NAY” on Madigan and his rules as he’d want them
* The Representative-elect is going to be quite something to watch. Take a look at her Daily Herald candidate questionnaire. She’s up on the issues better than some incumbents I know. For instance…
Property taxes in Illinois are absurdly high.
To fix property taxes, we need to fix the largest driver of cost within property taxes: public education funding.
Anyone who talks about property taxes in isolation — like when my opponent sponsored political posturing legislation to eliminate them completely — misses the larger point of how broken our state’s system of education funding has been.
The cost burden for public education has been taken on at the local level for far too long. This has a negative impact on both property taxes and consistency of quality of Illinois public schools. Some Illinois public schools haven’t been able to afford basics like clean water or bus service that allows children to physically access the education that’s being paid for. Overcrowded classrooms can burn out educators who want to help and make a difference, but lack the basic resources to do so.
While the 2017 funding formula begins to work on overcoming these problems, successfully accomplishing the goals it sets out requires additional sources of revenue, as outlined in the prior question- with the main increase being realized through regulation and taxation of adult usage (21+) of marijuana.
Only when we correctly fund pensions and education will we see real property tax relief.