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LA GRANGE – Illinois has some of the nation's highest property taxes that is causing a growing number of homeowners to consider abandoning the debt-ridden state. However, Chicago voters think even higher taxes is okay, a poll released by the Illinois Economic Policy Institute says.

"Two out of three voters support additional taxes to pay for more police officers and a majority are willing to pay more to maintain roads, expand educational programs, build schools, and provide other neighborhood services," a press release from IEPI said Wednesday morning. 

Additionally, 61 percent support the municipal pension agreement reached between Mayor Emanuel and city workers. 

“Voters are willing to pay more in taxes and fees to honor their promises to workers as well as to improve education, public safety, and neighborhood services like road paving,” said Brian Stryker, partner at ALG research, which conducted the poll.

Previous research performed by ILEPI found that Illinois is not overtaxed in comparison to other Midwest states when differing tax structures are examined.

“Illinois’ average household income is between $11,000 and $17,000 higher than neighboring states, which is a big part of the reason that Illinoisans’ tax bill is larger,” said Frank Manzo IV, ILEPI Policy Director. “But when you look at taxes paid compared with income, Illinois is in the middle of the pack in the Midwest. The notion that Illinoisans face a significantly higher tax burden than other states is largely unfounded.”

Here's the questions posed and and the group's reported responses: 

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6 COMMENTS

  1. Perhaps we need to let the ones voting yes on these pay the higher taxes and leave the rest of us alone.
    The Classification was missing an important question:
    Q21. Property Owner
    Yes 21%
    No 79%
    Finally, Q13 is manipulative–it’s a false quadchotomy*. Perhaps they needed a final choice: If we don’t “fix the problem” (by raising taxes, again), children will be sad, puppies will be abused, and Chicago residents will randomly spontaneously combust.
    *Like dichotomy, but with four choices: 1. Do you beat your wife only on the weekends, 2. Do you beat your wife on evenly numbered days, 3. Do you beat your wife except for holiday breaks, 4. Do you beat your wife on days ending in ‘y’

  2. what Bill said..
    Isn’t there a way to just bump up a post!
    Used to live in IL…
    Property taxes are only going higher and they are already to high and need to easily be cut in half.
    NO ONE should be paying as much as we do in property taxes.

  3. Agreed.
    Here in northwestern Lake County we just got a 9% increase – as did a relative in Grayslake.
    Grayslake is one of the most ridiculous of all:
    $6,000 / year for a tiny 1,300 sq ft house.
    A few doors down an 1,850 sq ft house is paying $12,000 / year.
    We are on our way out as well Mr H.
    Next layoff for me and/or the wife and we are southward bound.