201 Miles to Springfield: John Cullerton makes friends of easily impressed newspaper

IL Sen President John Cullerton (D-Ravenswood Manor) met with the editorial board of the Coles County newspapers in the Lee chain: the Journal Gazette and Times-Courier, explaining to the newspaper boards “Republicans have refused to offer to help solve the budget issues. They won’t identify specific cuts, he said. They won’t vote for more taxes. They won’t approve borrowing. He said they wouldn’t even vote to appropriate money the state has,” according to a JG-TC editorial praising Cullerton just for showing up in the community 200 miles south of his district.

It all seemed to be a love fest by the unprepared newspaper editorial board. Cullerton and IL House Speaker Mike Madigan have control of Springfield now, with their majorities to force the budget issues, if there were the will to do so. And there is a Democratic governor to sign a tax increase into law.

But they are choosing to avoid making decisions on the budget till after the general election.

The President should explain why politicians are waiting till after the general election to deal with the budget issue. What is it about their solution that they do not want to tell us now?

In addition, Cullerton “disputed the notion that Illinois tax rates are higher than neighbors like Indiana. If Illinois adopted Indiana’s 3.4-percent income tax, Indiana’s corporate income tax, Indiana’s higher state portion of sales tax, and taxed services like Indiana, Illinois would realize an additional $5.7 billion in revenue per year.”

According to the Tax Foundation Illinois tax payers paid 9.3 percent, ranking 30th among states. Indiana tax payers paid 9.4 percent, ranking them 28th among states (number one is the highest taxed state). So, on its face, the President’s statement is true. But that is poor comfort for Chicagoans paying among the highest sales tax in the country on purchases and facing an unknown increase in the income tax.

Related posts:

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  3. 201 Miles to Springfield: August 15, 2010
  4. 201 Miles to Springfield: August 29, 2010
  5. 201 Miles to Springfield: Adam Robinson at EIU
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Patrick grew up near LaFollette Park on the West Side. He contends that the very best Italian beef sandwiches are made on the West Side and has a strange love of the flat pizza from that part of the city. Patrick led The Bulldog to win seven journalism awards in 2011, including four awards to Patrick as a solo or a team member. He is very proud of The Dog's coverage of politics and schools in the neighborhood. Patrick wrote for the Times of Northwest Indiana as a stringer covering Cook County Government, for the Chicago Tribune as a stringer on the Chicago Wolves and for ChicagoNow as a writer before starting The Dog. He wrote for four years for ChiTownDailyNews.org as a media commentator and spent about 20 years in operations at city newspapers, including nine years as owner of his own distribution company. Prior to that he spent about nine years in public relations. Patrick has a Masters degree from the University of Colorado. He attended Eastern Illinois University for undergrad and Weber High School and St. Peter Canisius grammar school. The two-flat he owns was built in 1912 and has never been featured, to his knowledge, in any major motion pictures despite having a way-cool garden. Patrick purchased the property in 1994 and "couldn't afford to buy it now." His daughter is a college student in California. He lives in the house with his wife, Jane, and two cats who often sit in on his phone interviews.

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