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Dollars And Sense

Push The Politicians Out Of Office

In this episode of Dollars and Sense, Pat Hughes explains why you need to do to push these “leaders” out of office before they push you out of Illinois.

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Less Taxes Equal More Fun

In this installment of Dollars and Sense, Pat Hughes looks at who will get to keep a larger portion of their own tax dollars and how it translates into more Christmas presents.

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Stop Forking Over Your Lunch Money

Thanks to the Chicago Democrats who rule our state legislature, families, on average, will fork over an additional one-thousand dollars of their income to bail out state government next year. In this installment of Dollars and Sense, Pat Hughes outlines what government will cost you.

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Bring Back Jobs. Restore Dignity

In September, Illinois lost over ten-thousand jobs, according to an Illinois Policy Institute report. And the state continues to experience labor force dropout. Employers are giving up on Illinois. Many of our friends and neighbors have also given up on Illinois, leaving for opportunities in other states. In this installment of Dollars and Sense, Pat Hughes explains why giving up Illinois means giving up on ourselves. 

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Who Pays For Illinois' "Spoils Of War" Model Of Governance?

In Illinois, winning elections means controlling how resources will be doled out to political friends and allies. The “spoils of war” model has guided budget-making for decades. The new budget that hit Illinoisans with five billion dollars in new taxes does nothing to change that fundamental problem. Pat Hughes discusses on this episode of Dollars and Sense.

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Resolving Chicago's Debt Crisis: Source Not Size

Right now, Chicago taxpayers are stuck with a seventy-one billion dollar debt load. That means every household is on the hook for eighty-two thousand dollars in government debt. As staggering as that number is, it's not the real issue with Chicago's debt. Pat Hughes explains in this episode of Dollars and Sense. 

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The Cost Of A CPS Bailout

CPS owes three times more than the state will spend on public schools for all districts this year. Remember last month when suburban Democrats were pushing a massive tax hike as a solution to balance the budget? Well, under SB one, a significant portion of the new money from the thirty-two percent increase in your income taxes will go to bailout CPS.  If they have their way, Democrats will commit your hard-earned money to bailing out CSP – to the extent that it is even possible – for the next twenty to thirty years. Pat Hughes explains on this episode of Dollars and Sense. 

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Democrats' Faux Fight

Introducing the bill, Senator Daniel Biss said, “This is a bill who’s time has come…” Not really. The Governor, a businessman who understands the impact of a minimum wage, will certainly veto. If there was ever a time to pass a minimum wage bill, it was some point over the past four years. Then, Democrats held veto-proof majorities in the House and Senate. So, why would Senator Biss wait until he was running for Governor to champion a minimum wage hike? Pat Hughes explains in this edition of Dollars and Sense.

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The Price You Are Willing To Pay

If a tax hike passed by Illinois Senate Democrats becomes law, families will send even more money to Springfield. For example, the average family in Glen Ellyn will pay an additional $1,483 in taxes, about the cost of a family vacation. All this, so that Legislative Democrats can continue to skirt the responsible spending cuts and reforms necessary to balance the budget. Is that a price you are willing to pay? Pat Hughes explains in this edition of Dollars and Sense.

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Graduated Income Tax

Wanna-Be Governors Dan Biss, Ameya Pawar and J.B. Pritzker all endorse a graduated income tax. Pat Hughes shows why this isn't a solution in this edition of Dollars and Sense.

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Dollars And Sense: Opportunity Tax

What happens when a wanna-be governor proposes a new payroll tax? Pat Hughes explains in this edition of Dollars and Sense.

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Dollars & Sense: Chicago Pension Crisis

In twenty-fifteen, the City of Chicago’s two employee pension funds paid out nine-hundred and ninety-nine million dollars to about twenty-nine thousand retirees. The same two funds only generated ninety million dollars in investment income that year. Democrats and union bosses insist we don't need pension reform. Why? Pat Hughes explains on this edition of 'Dollars & Sense.'

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Dollars And Sense: School Bd. Demands A Yes Vote

If you are a Glen Ellyn resident, you know your school board is demanding a ‘Yes’ Vote on a $24 million referendum. You may not know that since the last major referendum in Glen Ellyn, enrollment growth has slowed and even fallen. Yet, local property tax spending has increased by 253%. Pat Hughes explains in this edition of "Dollars And Sense."

This is Pat Hughes with this week’s Upstream Ideas ‘Dollars and Sense.’

If you are a Glen Ellyn resident, you know your school board is demanding a ‘Yes’ Vote on a twenty-four million dollar referendum.  

You may not know that since the last major referendum in Glen Ellyn, enrollment growth has slowed and even fallen. Yet, local property tax spending has increased by two-hundred and fifty-three percent.

As your property taxes are pressured higher and higher, your property values drop lower and lower.

In fact, over the past decade, property values in Glen Ellyn have dropped nineteen percent.

If this continues, by twenty-twenty-three, you will pay fifty percent of your home’s value in property taxes.  

The school board’s demands and manipulative “Forward for Kids” campaign are shameless.  If anything, a twenty-four million dollar tax increase leads us “Backward” and “Downward.” Big-spending Illinois politicians like those on the District Forty-One School Board have made it hard enough for families in DuPage.

They continue to raise your taxes with no regard for you or the life you are trying to build. Their campaign and their demands are outrageous and out of touch. Vote against them.

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Dollars And Sense: For Our Students?

You already pay some of the highest property taxes in the nation even while your property values drop lower and lower. Yet, school districts across the state are demanding more of your money, claiming it is "For Our Students." Pat Hughes explains in this edition of "Dollars And Sense".

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One Way Out Of Property Tax Crisis: Cut Ties With Democrat Leaders

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