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Our view: Send message to lawmakers: No more tax hikes

Published: Sunday, May 18, 2014 11:55 p.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, May 19, 2014 3:05 p.m. CDT

If you think you pay too much in taxes to the state of Illinois, it’s time for you to do something about it.

If you think the tax-more-and-spend-more policy of Gov. Pat Quinn, House Speaker Michael Madigan and the Democrat-controlled General Assembly is ruining Illinois, it’s time for your voice to be heard.

If you’re tired of politicians saying one thing now only to do the exact opposite later, it’s time we all stop putting up with it.

Many Democrats in the state House and Senate want to make permanent a 67 percent income tax increase that was promised to be “temporary” when it was foisted on taxpayers by a lame-duck General Assembly in January 2011.

With not a single Republican vote, Quinn and the Democratic Legislature essentially reached into our collective wallets and snatched another week’s pay from all working Illinoisans.

At the time, Democratic lawmakers said the “temporary” increase was needed during a difficult fiscal time to help pay down the state’s growing pile of unpaid bills.

That’s Lie No. 1.

That “temporary” tax increase is expected to raise more than $31 billion in additional revenue, yet the state still has a backlog of more than $7 billion in unpaid bills. Most of that additional money has gone to Illinois’ unsustainable pension funds.

Lie No. 2 is the promise that the income tax increase was only “temporary.”

Quinn’s fiscal 2014-2015 budget calls for the increase to become permanent. Because the 2011 law contained language that sunsets most of the tax increase on Jan. 1, 2015, lawmakers must vote again to make it permanent.

Democratic Illinois Senate President John Cullerton says he already has the votes in his chamber.

But the vote should be a lot closer in the House, where Democrats hold a 71-seat supermajority. Madigan needs just 60 votes to send the permanent increase on to Quinn.

Before we allow this to happen, we need our voices to be heard.

Below is a list of the names, in alphabetical order, and contact information of all Democratic members of the Illinois House. The top number under each name is for their legislative office in Springfield, the second for their district office.

We ask our readers to call as many of the numbers below as you have time, and demand that they stop taking more from the state’s hardworking taxpayers.

Tell them that you’re tired of having more of your money wasted on Quinn’s and Madigan’s cronies. Tell them you’re tired that state government continues to balloon while your own personal finances either shrink or stay stagnant.

Tell them enough is enough.

Start from the top of the list. Start from the bottom. Start somewhere in the middle.

Just please call. Call them today. Call them on Tuesday, and on Wednesday, and on Thursday and Friday.

Send a message that’s loud and clear: Live within your means. No more tax increases.

Edward J. Acevedo - District 2 (217) 782-2855 (773) 843-1500

Jaime M. Andrade, Jr. - District 40 (217) 782-8117 (773) 267-2880

Luis Arroyo - District 3 (217) 782-0480 (773) 637-2000

Daniel V. Beiser - District 111 (217) 782-5996 (618) 465-5900

Maria Antonia Berrios - District 39 (217) 558-1032 (773) 736-3939

John E. Bradley - District 117 (217) 782-1051 (618) 997-9697

Daniel J. Burke - District 1 (217) 782-1117 (773) 471-2299

Kelly Burke - District 36 (217) 782-0515 (708) 425-0571

Kelly M. Cassidy - District 14 (217) 782-8088 (773) 784-2002

Linda Chapa LaVia - District 83 (217) 558-1002 (630) 264-6855

Katherine Cloonen - District 79 (217) 782-5981 (815) 939-1983

Jerry F. Costello, II - District 116 (217) 782-1018 (618) 282-7284

Fred Crespo - District 44 (217) 782-0347 (630) 372-3340

Barbara Flynn Currie - District 25 (217) 782-8121 (773) 667-0550

John D'Amico - District 15 (217) 782-8198 (773) 736-0218

Monique D. Davis - District 27 (217) 782-0010 (773) 445-9700

William Davis - District 30 (217) 782-8197 (708) 799-7300

Anthony DeLuca - District 80 (217) 782-1719 (708) 754-7900

Scott Drury - District 58 (217) 782-0902 (847) 681-8580

Kenneth Dunkin - District 5 (217) 782-4535 (312) 266-0340

Marcus C. Evans, Jr. - District 33 (217) 782-8272 (773) 783-8492

Sara Feigenholtz - District 12 (217) 782-8062 (773) 296-4141

Laura Fine - District 17 (217) 782-4194 (847) 998-1717

Mary E. Flowers - District 31 (217) 782-4207 (773) 471-5200

La Shawn K. Ford - District 8 (217) 782-5962 (773) 378-5902

Robyn Gabel - District 18 (217) 782-8052 (847) 424-9898

Esther Golar - District 6 (217) 782-5971 (773) 925-6580

Jehan A. Gordon-Booth - District 92 (217) 782-3186 (309) 681-1992

Greg Harris - District 13 (217) 782-3835 (773) 348-3434

Elizabeth Hernandez - District 24 (217) 782-8173 (708) 222-5240

Jay Hoffman - District 113 (217) 782-0104 (618) 416-7407

Frances Ann Hurley - District 35 (217) 782-8200 (773) 445-8128

Eddie Lee Jackson, Sr. - District 114 (217) 782-5951 (618) 875-9950

Naomi D. Jakobsson - District 103 (217) 558-1009 (217) 373-5000

Charles E. Jefferson - District 67 (217) 782-3167 (815) 987-7433

Thaddeus Jones - District 29 (217) 782-8087 (708) 933-6018

Stephanie A. Kifowit - District 84 (217) 782-8028 (630) 585-1308

Lou Lang - District 16 (217) 782-1252 (847) 673-1131

Camille Y. Lilly - District 78 (217) 782-6400 (773) 473-7300

Michael J. Madigan - District 22 (217) 782-535 (773) 581-8000

Natalie A. Manley - District 98 (217) 782-3316 (815) 725-2741

Robert F. Martwick - District 19 (217) 782-8400 (773) 286-1115

Frank J. Mautino - District 76 (217) 782-0140 (815) 664-2717

Rita Mayfield - District 60 (217) 558-1012 (847) 599-2800

Emily McAsey - District 85 (217) 782-4179 (815) 372-0085

Christian L. Mitchell - District 26 (217) 782-2023 (773) 924-1755

Anna Moeller - District 43 (217) 782-8020 (847) 841-7130

Martin J. Moylan - District 55 (217) 782-8007 (847) 635-6821

Michelle Mussman - District 56 (217) 782-3725 (847) 923-9104

Elaine Nekritz - District 57 (217) 558-1004 (847) 229-5499

Brandon W. Phelps - District 118 (217) 782-5131 (618) 253-4189

Al Riley - District 38 (217) 558-1007 (708) 799-4364

Robert Rita - District 28 (217) 558-1000 (708) 396-2822

Sue Scherer - District 96 (217) 524-0353 (217) 877-9636

Carol A. Sente - District 59 (217) 782-0499 (847) 478-9909

Elgie R. Sims, Jr. - District 34 (217) 782-6476 (773) 783-8800

Mike Smiddy - District 71 (217) 782-3992 (309) 848-9098

Derrick Smith - District 10 (217) 782-8077 (312) 243-7129

Cynthia Soto - District 4 (217) 782-0150 (773) 252-0402

Silvana Tabares - District 21 (217) 782-7752 (773) 522-1315

André M. Thapedi - District 32 (217) 782-1702 (773) 873-4444

Arthur Turner - District 9 (217) 782-8116 (773) 277-4700

Patrick J. Verschoore - District 72 (217) 782-5970 (309) 558-3612

Lawrence M. Walsh, Jr. - District 86 (217) 782-8090 (815) 730-8600

Emanuel Chris Welch - District 7 (217) 782-8120 (708) 450-1000

Ann Williams - District 11 (217) 782-2458 (773) 880-9082

Sam Yingling - District 62 (217) 782-7320 (847) 231-6262

Michael J. Zalewski - District 23 (217) 782-5280 (708) 442-6500

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