Why I'll Never Run for Local Elected Office in Illinois


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Because when it's time to raise new revenue for necessary public services, I'd have to choose between hiking the gas tax and hiking property taxes. The Chicago Tribune notes [free registration required to read the article] that the village of Oak Park has apparently chosen to hike its local gas tax-- a true testament to how unpopular the property tax has become in Illinois.

Reforming the property tax by offering more generous low-income relief is something Illinois lawmakers will be talking about in 2006. But until progressive property tax reform becomes a reality, Illinois local governments will have to continue making the politically difficult choices that state leaders have so far managed to avoid.
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