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Ives dismisses Rauner’s do-nothing Executive Order as political ploy

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South suburban Harvey Illinois property tax rates have skyrocketed from 1.70% to 9.72%

CHICAGO – The executive order Governor Rauner issued last Friday banning state lawmakers from representing clients before the Illinois Property Tax Appeal Board is in reality a political ploy. It does nothing to correct the corruption in Illinois property tax system, GOP gubernatorial primary challenger State Rep. Jeanne Ives said Monday.

"Governor Rauner's order doesn't ban legislators from doing property tax appeals work. It only prohibits them from representing clients at the state level," Ives said in a statement. "Speaker Madigan, Senate President Cullerton, and their cohorts make their money at the local level, in Cook County. Not the state level. This E.O. solves nothing other than Rauner's need for a little good publicity in an election year."

Ives said lawmakers working to profit off of a property tax appeals system they control has hurt families and businesses for decades.

"Truly bold legislation would prohibit legislators from doing property tax appeals work at the state and local levels, the latter being the most important," she said. "Additionally, an Executive Order requiring legislators to disclose their property tax appeals clients and the fees they derive from those clients, just as legislators have to disclose sources of income over $5,000 and other investments, would better serve taxpayers than a watered-down Executive Order.
 
Property taxes were one of the state's most urgent problems when Governor Rauner took office in 2014. They were at confiscatory levels in Cook County's Near Western and Southern Suburbs, Lake and McHenry County then.

"Now, they are even worse," Ives said.

  • From 2007 to 2017, families in Country Club Hills saw their effective property tax rates double from 2.30% to 4.44%.
  • In Dolton, property owners saw their rates increase from 2.09% to 8.62%.
  • Harvey Illinois sustained increases that took rates from 1.70% to 9.72%.
  • In Riverdale, homeowners were punished with increases that took their property tax rate from 2.16% to 12.10%. 

"Governor Rauner’s E.O does nothing to address the rising cost of owning property in Illinois," Ives said. "When he took office, Governor Rauner proposed a property tax freeze, which would only serve to maintain the status quo by locking in Illinois' 'highest in the nation' property tax rates. But even for that he wasn't willing to fight.
 
Illinois has had phony limitations for thirty years, which is why we have the highest property taxes in the nation. Ives said the state needs what she is proposing: a hard 1% cap on property taxes, like Indiana has.
 
"A property tax cap will force us to reconsider the way we fund schools and make the state pay the majority of the freight.  Our goal is to return home equity and home value to Illinois homeowners, so they can get a real return on their investment. 
 
"While Governor Rauner issues pandering, ineffective Executive Orders, Illinois families are struggling under the very real effects of his inaction."

Ives is challenging Governor Rauner in the IL GOP primary, which will be held March 20, 2018. 

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11 COMMENTS

  1. LOL… in denial I see
    Tax payer baby murdering
    sanctuary state status, lack of cooperation with fed law enforcement. Even though we cannot allow people to pick and choose what laws to follow. If we have a country with no laws, then nothing matters. So we cannot allow a few arrogant people to decide they don’t want to follow the rules and place illegal alien criminals above the law. the federal government cannot allow people to act independently and completely ignore the law.
    Creation of a Muslim advisory council in violation of the state constitution
    The budget caper, still have a large state budget deficit in violation of the state constitution’s balanced budget amendment. Organized crime
    etc… I could go on but Madigan butt kissing Rauner has shown his true colors, we aren’t in denial like you

  2. Oh so you think that stupid comment will change the FACT that Rauner voted for all those Madigan policies? You’re more in denial than I thought. Its obvious you trolls can’t refute with facts, an obvious sign of someone who was born in the shallow end of the gene pool

  3. I find it very troubling when you say the state budget deficit and the law (Illinois constitution’s balanced budget amendment) is fantasy. Along with everything else I listed being fantasy. You need to consider making an appointment with a mental health professional, its obvious you fear reality and truth; and need to make things up.