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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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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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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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Dollars And Sense: Sales Taxes Are No Bargain

In Bloomington Illinois, business tax revenues dropped after the local sales tax was increased a year ago. Bureaucrats were surprised, but Upstream Ideas' Pat Hughes was not. He explains why sales taxes are no bargain in this edition of "Dollars And Sense."

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