The Trib’s Editorial on Illinois one year after the Democrat’s tax hike.How Illinois lawmakers failed you - chicagotribune.com
"Our revenue growth is not enough to keep up with pensions and Medicaid. It creates a squeeze for everything else."
Illinois Budget Director David Vaught, Jan. 3, 2012
Think back to 1/11/11, the night Democrats in the General Assembly raised personal and corporate income taxes by 67 and 46 percent. That legislation didn't cut spending by one dime. Never forget the assurances, though, that these tax increases would pay the state's debts and prevent future budget deficits:
Senate President John Cullerton: "The purpose of this bill is to raise enough money so that we can continue to pay our pensions without borrowing the money. To pay off our debt. To have enough money to pay the interest on that debt. And, for the first time ever, establish caps on how much we can appropriate. ... We have just come through the worst economic crisis in our lifetimes. And we have not paid our bills."
And House Majority Leader Barbara Flynn Currie: "Remember, the point of this income tax increase is not to expand programs, not to do brand-new things in Illinois state government. It is only intended to pay our old bills and deal with the structural deficit."
Gov. Pat Quinn antiseptically refers to his fellow Democrats' vote that night on the "revenue bill." Much as he refers to the new borrowing he proposes as "restructuring." One year later, though, stand back with us and look at all their carnage:
And the Trib names the culprits.
HOUSE: Edward Acevedo, Chicago; Luis Arroyo, Chicago; Daniel Beiser, Alton; Maria Antonia Berrios, Chicago; Mike Boland, East Moline; John Bradley, Marion; Daniel Burke, Chicago; Will Burns, Chicago; Michael Carberry, Oak Lawn; Linda Chapa LaVia, Aurora; Annazette Collins, Chicago; Marlow Colvin, Chicago; Barbara Flynn Currie, Chicago; Monique Davis, Chicago; William Davis, Homewood; Anthony DeLuca, Chicago Heights; Lisa Dugan, Bradley; Ken Dunkin, Chicago; Sara Feigenholtz, Chicago; Robert Flider, Mount Zion; Mary Flowers, Chicago; LaShawn Ford, Chicago; Paul Froehlich, Schaumburg; Robyn Gabel, Evanston; Esther Golar, Chicago; Careen Gordon, Morris; Betsy Hannig, Gillespie; Greg Harris, Chicago; Elizabeth Hernandez, Cicero; Jay Hoffman, Collinsville; Thomas Holbrook, Belleville; Constance Howard, Chicago; Eddie Lee Jackson, East St. Louis; Naomi Jakobsson, Urbana; Charles Jefferson, Rockford; Lou Lang, Skokie; Camille Lilly, Chicago; Joseph Lyons, Chicago; Michael Madigan, Chicago; Frank Mautino, Spring Valley; Karen May, Highland Park; Rita Mayfield, Waukegan; Kevin McCarthy, Orland Park; Jack McGuire, Joliet; Susana Mendoza, Chicago; David Miller, Lynwood; Kathleen Moore, Chicago; Elaine Nekritz, Northbrook; John O'Sullivan, Worth Township; Dan Reitz, Steeleville; Al Riley, Olympia Fields; Robert Rita, Blue Island; Michael Smith, Canton; Cynthia Soto, Chicago; Andre Thapedi, Chicago; Arthur Turner, Chicago; Patrick Verschoore, Milan; Mark Walker, Arlington Heights; Karen Yarbrough, Maywood; Michael Zalewski, Chicago.
SENATE: James Clayborne, Belleville; Jacqueline Collins, Chicago; Maggie Crotty, Oak Forest; John Cullerton, Chicago; William Delgado, Chicago; Deanna Demuzio, Carlinville; Michael Frerichs, Gifford; William Haine, Alton; Don Harmon, Oak Park; Rickey Hendon, Chicago; Linda Holmes, Aurora; Mattie Hunter, Chicago; Toi Hutchinson, Olympia Fields; Mike Jacobs, East Moline; Emil Jones III, Chicago; David Koehler, Peoria; Dan Kotowski, Park Ridge; Kimberly Lightford, Maywood; Terry Link, Waukegan; Edward Maloney, Chicago; Iris Martinez, Chicago; John Mulroe, Chicago; Antonio Munoz, Chicago; Kwame Raoul, Chicago; Martin Sandoval, Cicero; Jeff Schoenberg, Evanston; Heather Steans, Chicago; Donne Trotter, Chicago; Louis Viverito, Burbank; A.J. Wilhelmi, Joliet