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06-15-2012, 04:00 PM
As an ex Illinoisan this really makes me sick. More frightening is this is the place Obama got his education and whete people like Axelrod and Valarie Jarret learned how to game the system.

The Wilmette Beacon published a very startling article that reveals so much of what is wrong with the state of Illinois. Roger Keats, a former state senator and a recent candidate for Cook County Board President has announced that he is leaving the state and moving to Texas.

Keats has a long history of fighting corruption in Cook County, but he's realized that there is no longer any political will to continue that fight in the state of Illinois. It is hopelessly corrupt and Roger Keats feels he's done his duty, but that duty is finished.

The full text of the Keats' letter was published in Illinois Review:


As we leave Illinois for good, I wanted to say goodbye to my friends and wish all of you well. I am a lifelong son of the heartland and proud of it. After 60 years, I leave Illinois with a heavy heart. BUT enough is enough! The leaders of Illinois refuse to see we can't continue going in the direction we are and expect people who have options to stay here. I remember when Illinois had 25 congressmen. In 2012 we will have 18. Compared to the rest of the country we have lost 1/3rd of our population. Don't blame the weather, because I love 4 seasons. Illinois just sold still more bonds and our credit rating is so bad we pay higher interest rates than junk bonds! Junk Bonds! Illinois is ranked 50th for fiscal policy; 47th in job creation; 1st in unfunded pension liabilities; 2nd largest budget deficit; 1st in failing schools; 1st in bonded indebtedness; highest sales tax in the nation; most judges indicted (Operations Greylord and Gambat); and 5 of our last 9 elected governors have been indicted. That is more than the other 49 states added together! Then add 32 Chicago Aldermen and (according to the Chicago Tribune) over 1000 state and municipal employees indicted. The corruption tax is a real cost of doing business. We are the butt of jokes for stand up comics.

We live in the most corrupt big city, in the most corrupt big county in the most corrupt state in America. I am sick and tired of subsidizing crooks. A day rarely passes without an article about the corruption and incompetence. Chicago even got caught rigging the tests to hire police and fire! Our Crook County CORPORATE property tax system is intentionally corrupt. The Democrat State Chairman who is also the Speaker of the Illinois House and the most senior alderman in Chicago each make well over a million dollars a year putting the fix in for their client's tax assessments.

We are moving to Texas where there is no income tax while Illinois' just went up 67%. Texas' sales tax is 1/2 of ours, which is the highest in the nation. Southern states are supportive of job producers, taxpayers and folks who offer opportunities to their residents. Illinois shakes them down for every penny that can be extorted from them.

In The Hill Country of Texas (near Austin and San Antonio) we bought a gracious home on almost 2 acres with a swimming pool. It is new, will cost us around 40% of what our home in Wilmette just sold for and the property taxes are 1/3rd of what they are here. Crook County's property tax system is a disaster: Wilmette homes near ours sell for 50% more and their property taxes are 1/2 of ours. Our assessed home value was 50% higher than the sales price. The system is unfair and incompetent.

Our home value is down 40%, our property taxes are up 20% and our local schools have still another referendum on the ballot to increase taxes over 20% in one year. I could go on, but enough is enough. I feel as if we are standing on the deck of the Titanic and I can see the icebergs right in front of us. I will miss our friends a great deal. I have called Illinois home for essentially my entire life. But it is time to go where there is honest, competent and cost effective government. We have chosen to vote with our feet and our wallets. My best to all of you and Good luck!

06-15-2012, 10:05 PM
Wow I feel like you could easily replace Illinois with California in most of that article. We don't have the same level of corruption (or maybe they are just sneakier and get away with it.) But the Government here is pretty Screwed up.

06-16-2012, 12:00 AM

06-17-2012, 07:25 AM
you people just want everything for free! Corruption = good for 'Merica!!!

If you don't like 'Merica, you can get out


06-17-2012, 07:27 AM
you people just want everything for free! Corruption = good for 'Merica!!!

If you don't like 'Merica, you can get out


Interesting. What does it mean?

06-17-2012, 07:50 AM
Those are some eye-opening statistics.

06-17-2012, 08:13 AM
Those are some eye-opening statistics.

Be careful, at least one of them is complete BS: Illinois does not have the highest sales tax in the nation. It is 6.25%. Granted, chicago has a pretty high city sales tax but that isn't what he says. The first in failing schools stat is probably twisted as well as I am pretty sure some of the southern states are ranked lower

06-18-2012, 06:10 PM
Here is another link to another article on the over taxed and bankrupt state of Illinois. Causing jobs to leave and residents to move.

An example of how high taxes and over-spending will ruin an economy.


High Taxes In Illinois Pushing Out Businesses Jobs and Residents

Four months ago, I wrote a piece highlighting all the problems tax hikes, out-of-control spending, and an unfriendly business environment has brought to Illinois. We were losing more and more jobs every month, owed $37.9 billion more than the value of all of our assets combined, and had the worst funded pension system in the country.

Today, the stats are only worse for Illinois since the record tax hike was enacted.

In addition to pushing jobs and businesses out of state, the Illinois Policy Institute released a report this week showing how high taxes and mandatory union membership participation have also forced over 800,000 residents to migrate out of Illinois over the last 15 years – including to each of its neighbors: Wisconsin, Indiana, Missouri, Kentucky, and Iowa. That average’s to about one Illinois taxpayer leaving every 10 minutes, taking away a total of over $26 billion in taxable income with them.

While Illinois’ neighbors have enjoyed benefits from its woes, the report showed the biggest recipients of Illinois’ mass exodus of residents and money were no income tax, right-to-work states Texas and Florida.

Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that Illinois was creating more jobs every month as the national economy began to recover. However, since the 67% income tax and 45% corporate tax hikes were enacted in January, the state has led the nation in job losses with over 100,000 now, pushing our unemployment rate to 10.1%.

While businesses like Abbott Laboratories and Jimmy John’s are looking to escape aggressive regulations, high taxes, and an over-controlling state government as well, other businesses like Modern Drop Forge and FatWallet already have and took their jobs with them. Still other businesses like Canadian National Railway moved its locomotive repair shop and 250 jobs from Illinois to Indiana and Peoria-based Caterpillar Inc. has expressed its reluctance to expand or relocate any jobs back home due to the Illinois state government’s “rudderless, dysfunctional business climate.”

There was one development this month that provided for a mixed bag of news for Illinois’ future. After months of threatening to leave the state, take their collective 8,500 jobs with them, and fierce political battles, Sears Holdings Corp. and the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (also owner of the Chicago Board of Trade) were able to get $150 million and $85 million in tax breaks, respectively, over the next 10 years to remain in Illinois. These were similar deals Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc., Navistar, and U.S. Cellular Corp. got from Gov. Pat Quinn earlier this year.

These moves have received criticism from both the left and right. Liberal critics have condemned the tax exemptions and the lost revenue the state will end up losing from them while conservative critics have pointed out how unfair and disproportionate these breaks are for smaller to mid-sized businesses who don’t have the money and resources to lobby for the same exemptions larger corporations are getting. It’s an example of crony capitalism where Illinois Democrat lawmakers are choosing economic winners and losers.

Oh, and where did the subsequent revenue from the tax hikes go you ask?

“The entire 67% income tax hike went to fund the pensions and payroll here in Illinois,” said Adam Andrzejewski, CEO of the 501(c)4 nonprofit group For the Good of Illinois. “There are 3,062 public employees that out-earned Governor Quinn. They’re at all levels of Illinois government. Collectively those 3,000 employees soak up $1 billion in total compensation.” The tax hikes haven’t even come close to closing Illinois’ debt burden, budget deficit, or pension liability.

Add the fact that Illinois is slowly losing businesses, jobs, and residents month after month, and it doesn’t bode well for the future of the Prairie State. The people of Illinois are fed up. The situation’s gotten so desperate that two downstate lawmakers have introduced legislation to divorce Chicago from the state of Illinois, citing the city’s drag on the rest of the state’s economy.

The lawmakers in D.C. could learn a lot from what Illinois is doing wrong. They may also want to check out where the residents, jobs, and businesses are fleeing, like Indiana, Wisconsin, Texas, and Florida, and learn what those states doing right.