Americans For Prosperity – Illinois Rolls Back Price of Gas to President Biden’s First Day in Office

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 11, 2022                                                              

CONTACT: Jason Heffley, jheffley@afphq.org

Americans For Prosperity – Illinois Rolls Back Price of Gas to President Biden’s First Day in Office

The national average price of unleaded 87 octane gas was $2.38 when Biden took office

Kankakee, IL – Americans For Prosperity – Illinois (AFP-IL) rolled back gas prices in Kankakee today to welcome President Biden to Illinois. Lines to fill up with $2.38 per gallon gas, the average price the day President Biden took office, reached 4 blocks long. As of today, the average price for a gallon of gas in Illinois is $4.778 highlighting the challenges Illinois families are facing due to inflation caused by mountains of regulations and years of reckless spending from both parties.

“With the President in Illinois, we thought it fitting to welcome him to Kankakee with a reminder of the challenges Washington’s spending policies are creating for families across the country,” said AFP-IL State Director Jason Heffley. “Out-of-control government spending and burdensome regulations are primarily fueling the higher costs we’re all experiencing. It’s time we remove antiquated barriers to innovation, end wasteful spending, and unleash an economy where everyone is empowered to achieve the American Dream.”

 

Americans For Prosperity – Illinois Responds to Governor Pritzker’s FY 2023 Budget Address

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 2, 2022
CONTACT: Jason Heffley, jheffley@afphq.org

Americans For Prosperity – Illinois Responds to Governor Pritzker’s Budget Address

Springfield, IL – Americans For Prosperity – Illinois (AFP-IL) responded today to Governor Pritzker’s budget address in which he made promises for temporary tax relief after three years of enacting dozens of tax and fee hikes and proposing even larger tax increases. The Governor touted the state’s fiscal situation including the state credit rating increase which was only possible due to a one-time federal bailout. Illinois still has the worst bond rating, highest total tax burden, and largest unfunded pension liability of any state in the country under Governor Pritzker’s leadership.

AFP-IL State Director Jason Heffley released the following statement in response to today’s budget address:

“Today, Governor Pritzker offered a typical election-year budget address full of short-term proposals and gimmicks that will do nothing to improve the long-term fiscal health of Illinois’ struggling families. In Governor Pritzker’s first three years, he enacted 24 PERMANENT tax & fee hikes totaling $5.2 billion per year. Now, in an election year, he’s proposing $1B in TEMPORARY election-year tax cuts including some relief on the gas tax which he pushed to double in his first year. Illinois is 50th out of 50 states in credit rating, we are consistently one of the highest taxed states in the nation, and people are leaving more now than ever before for states with more opportunity. Our elected officials need to stop playing politics and get to work on permanently reducing the tax burden, improving transparency, and ending the culture of corruption and corporate welfare.”

For further information or an interview, reach Jason Heffley at jheffley@afphq.org.

Through broad-based grassroots outreach, Americans for Prosperity (AFP) is driving long-term solutions to the country’s biggest problems. AFP activists engage friends and neighbors on key issues and encourage them to take an active role in building a culture of mutual benefit, where people succeed by helping one another. AFP recruits and unites Illinoisans behind a common goal of advancing policies that will help people improve their lives. For more information, visit www.AmericansForProsperity.org

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Americans For Prosperity – Illinois launches new campaign challenging misleading information on Illinois finances: “Only in Illinois”

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 27, 2022

CONTACT: Jason Heffley, jheffley@afphq.org

Americans For Prosperity – Illinois launches new campaign challenging misleading information on Illinois finances: “Only in Illinois”

Rolling Meadows, IL – Americans For Prosperity – Illinois (AFP-IL) launched a new digital campaign today highlighting the audacity of the misinformation campaign being touted by elected officials on the state of Illinois’s finances.

The campaign, “Only in Illinois” highlights the reality of our state’s financial mess, and draws attention to the inaccurate portrayal of the state of our state’s finances.

  • Only in Illinois, do politicians celebrate our worst-in-nation state bond rating.
  • Only in Illinois, do politicians tout protecting the taxpayers while having the highest state and local tax burden in the nation.
  • Only in Illinois, do politicians rejoice in paying off an emergency federal loan when we were the only state who needed it.
  • Only in Illinois, do politicians claim they are protecting taxpayers after raising taxes and fees 24 times in 3 years.
  • Only in Illinois, do the same politicians who hiked a trailer fee by $100/year, reduce it by $82/year then tout about the “savings” to taxpayers.
  • Only in Illinois, do politicians claim eliminating an education tax credit scholarship program for low-income kids, is a corporate tax loophole.
  • Only in Illinois, do politicians claim they’ve “balanced the budget” every year when it hasn’t been balanced since 2001.
  • Only in Illinois, does it take a once-in-a-century pandemic and massive federal bailouts to finally balance the budget.
  • Only in Illinois, do politicians tout pension reforms when we have the worst-funded pensions in the nation.
  • Only in Illinois, do politicians close corporate loopholes but not the ones they personally benefit from (Angel Investment Tax Credit)
  • Only in Illinois, do politicians ask for over $44 billion in federal bailouts.
  • Only in Illinois, do 88 legislators join a Property Tax Task Force and it results in zero enacted bills to reduce property taxes.
  • Only in Illinois, there are over 7,000 units of local government 1,800+ more than any other state.
  • Only in Illinois, does corruption cost Illinoisans $556 million per year
  • Only in Illinois, does 28.5 percent of the state budget go to pensions and the only recently passed pension reform makes the situation worse.

AFP-IL’s campaign is focused on telling Illinois voters the truth about the state’s finances. Learn more at prairiestatepromise.com.

For further information or an interview, reach Jason Heffley at jheffley@afphq.org.

Through broad-based grassroots outreach, Americans for Prosperity (AFP) is driving long-term solutions to the country’s biggest problems. AFP activists engage friends and neighbors on key issues and encourage them to take an active role in building a culture of mutual benefit, where people succeed by helping one another. AFP recruits and unites Illinoisans behind a common goal of advancing policies that will help people improve their lives. For more information, visit www.AmericansForProsperity.org

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Only in Illinois: State Finance Problems Are Not Fixed

Over the last year, some state politicians have been busy issuing press releases, conducting press conferences, and producing television commercials about how great Illinois’ finances are.

In reality, our state’s finances are still a mess and by many measures the worst in the nation. Illinois has the worst-in-the-nation bond rating and the lowest pension funding ratios despite the highest combined state and local taxes in the nation.

Tell Illinois legislators to fix our broken finances.

The inaccurate portrayal of our state’s finances by politicians delays the necessary and hard decisions we must make before it’s too late, especially on the issue of pension reform.

  • Only in Illinois, do politicians celebrate our worst-in-nation state bond rating. (A) (B) (C)
  • Only in Illinois, do politicians tout protecting the taxpayers while having the highest state and local tax burden in the nation. (A) (B) (C)
  • Only in Illinois, do politicians rejoice in paying off an emergency federal loan when we were the only state who needed it. (A) (B) (C) (D)
  • Only in Illinois, do politicians claim they are protecting taxpayers after raising taxes and fees 24 times in 3 years. (A) (B) (C) (D)
  • Only in Illinois, do the same politicians who hiked a trailer fee by $100/year, reduce it by $82/year then tout about the “savings” to taxpayers. (A) (B) (C) (D)
  • Only in Illinois, do politicians claim eliminating an education tax credit scholarship program for low-income kids, is a corporate tax loophole. (A) (B)
  • Only in Illinois, do politicians claim they’ve “balanced the budget” every year when it hasn’t been balanced since 2001. (A) (B) (C)
  • Only in Illinois, does it take a once-in-a-century pandemic and massive federal bailouts to maybe balance the budget. (A) (B) (C) (D)
  • Only in Illinois, do politicians tout pension reforms when we have the worst-funded pensions in the nation. (A) (B) (C)
  • Only in Illinois, do politicians close corporate loopholes but not the ones they personally benefit from. (A) (B) (C)
  • Only in Illinois, do politicians ask for over $44 billion in federal bailouts. (A) (B) (C)
  • Only in Illinois, do 88 legislators join a Property Tax Task Force and it results in zero enacted bills to reduce property taxes. (A) (B) (C)
  • Only in Illinois, there are over 7,000 units of local government 1,800+ more than any other state. (A) (B)
  • Only in Illinois, does corruption cost Illinoisans $556 million per year (A) (B)
  • Only in Illinois, does 28.5 percent of the state budget go to pensions and the only recently passed pension “reform” makes the situation worse. (A) (B) (C) (D)

We cannot let out-of-touch politicians ignore our state’s serious financial problems with political spin not grounded in reality. AFP-Illinois’ is focused on telling Illinois voters the truth about the state’s finances, and proposing real solutions to our problems.

Contact your elected official now and let them know you do not think Illinois finances are in great shape and they need to get to work to lower taxes and reduce spending.

Click here to demand fiscal accountability from Illinois legislators today.

Fighting Tax Hikes in Kane County

As part of the Prairie State Project, Americans for Prosperity – Illinois is fighting tax hikes in Kane County and our efforts were recently covered by the Daily Herald.

A petition against tax increases with more than 200 signatures represented residents who couldn’t attend the meeting.

“Think about the taxpayers of Kane County,” said resident Brian Costin. “They don’t need more tax increases. Taxpayers need relief.”

Having heard those comments and received a flood of similar emails, the board voted to postpone the budget and levy votes until 3 p.m. Nov. 30, at the Kane County Government Center, 719 S. Batavia Ave., Geneva. Nov. 30 is the last day of the county’s current fiscal year.

To send a message to Kane County Board members to reject tax increases send a message here.

“At Issue” with Craig Dellimore on WBBM Newsradio

Americans for Prosperity -Illinois’ Jason Heffley and Brian Costin joined Craig Dellimore on the “At Issue” on WBBM Newsradio to discuss the Prairie State Promise in a half an hour conversation.

Linked here for more.

HEFFLEY: The Prairie State Promise is a vision for a better Illinois

Jason Heffley, the State Director for Americans for Prosperity – Illinois, had an editorial published in the Kankakee Daily Journal about the Prairie State Promise reflecting on Illinois’ dire economic and government situation.

If we want this situation to change, we have to make it happen. To make it happen, we need a vision of a better way and a plan for how to get there.

The Prairie State Promise offers both. It is an agenda for change that can transform our state by eliminating barriers to opportunity and holding politicians and public officials accountable. And it addresses the issues Illinoisans care most about.

It’s an agenda that offers practical, common-sense solutions to our greatest challenges, and empowers people — rather than politicians — to make decisions about the policies that affect our lives and our families’ well-being.

Politico: AFP-Illinois launches the Prairie State Promise

In today’s Politico Playbook, authored by Shia Kapos, Americans for Prosperity’s Prairie State Promise project was mentioned. While we fight Illinois’ high taxes, we are much more than just an anti-tax group. Stay tuned for more information.

From Politico.

Americans For Prosperity, the anti-tax group connected to the Koch family, is launching a campaign in Illinois that opposes corruption, “corporate welfare” and government spending beyond its means while it supports safer communities and “educational empowerment.” The effort, called Prairie State Promise, plans events to rally support for its initiatives, according to a statement from Jason Heffley, the director of AFP in Illinois. “Politicians in this state have enacted countless laws fraught with reckless spending, high taxes, and self-serving policies, and we are seeing the consequences in the droves of families leaving Illinois,” Heffley says in the statement.”

 

ICYMI: Don’t Make Bears Fans Pay for Another Corporate Welfare Scheme 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 15, 2021                                                              

ICYMI: Don’t Make Bears Fans Pay for Another Corporate Welfare Scheme 

ROLLING MEADOWS, IL – Today, the Daily Herald published an OpEd from Brian Costin, Deputy State Director for Americans For Prosperity – Illinois (AFP-IL), on the potential impacts of the Chicago Bears exploring a move to Arlington Heights, IL. Highlighting the corporate welfare incentives the city of Chicago has already provided to the Bears, Brian calls on Arlington Heights and other Illinois towns trying to lure the bears not to fall into the same trap that will raise taxes on Illinois families in the area.

Meanwhile, a couple of pieces of legislation have been drafted in Springfield to limit corporate welfare in Illinois.

Rep. Joe Sosnowski has authored the Local Government Business Anti-Poaching Act, which would prohibit municipalities or counties from offering any incentive to a business to move any part of its operations already located in Illinois.

Rep. Bob Morgan introduced the Phase Out Corporate Giveaways Intestate Compact in Illinois, which would create an agreement among states to phase out corporate tax giveaways to lure companies.

Check out the full OpEd in the Daily Herald here and see some excerpts below: 

…Beware, though: City officials are looking for ways to stick taxpayers with the expense of a new field. A quick trip through history shows why politicians will likely consider another corporate welfare scheme to pay for it. 

Soldier Field’s $660 million renovations in 2003, for example, were financed by the Illinois Sports Facilities Authority, whose revenues come, in part, from hotel taxes and a combined $10 million in city and state subsidies. The state covered nearly $400 million of the total cost through bonds authorized by the ISFA, a toll on taxpayers made worse by the interest on our debt, over $46 million in 2021. 

Meanwhile, the Bears only paid $3.1 million in rent over the 2020 pandemic year. Bridgeview’s SeatGeek Stadium, opened in 2006, was similarly financed. In 2005, the Village of Bridgeview issued $135 million in general obligation bonds for the creation of the stadium. 

Of course, taxpayers ate the cost. Bridgeview’s bond rating fell to junk status in 2017 which, the S&P noted, “reflects our view that the village will continue to face acute business, financial, and economic uncertainties related to its debt burden, particularly the debt issued for its Toyota Park stadium,” the original name of SeatGeek.

…Arlington Racetrack is the second largest property taxpayer in the village, and losing that revenue could be prohibitive. The City of Chicago has already lost millions if not billions in tax revenue keeping the Bears at Soldier Field.

 Of course, there is nothing wrong with the Bears moving to Arlington Heights. The property would make a great field on which to play the Packers. But taxpayers shouldn’t eat the costs of that move. We already pay when we attend their games. 

But if lawmakers fail to stop corporate welfare schemes like we saw in Chicago and Bridgeview, Arlington Heights residents could end up paying twice.

For further information or an interview, reach Brian Costin at bcostin@afphq.org