Dear Neighbors and Friends,
We have run a positive campaign on the issues that affect all residents. I continue to shape policies in Springfield that will turn this state around and am making headway in a super-charged political environment and against all odds. Here are two links that speak to my perseverance.
Chicago Tribune – She champions taxpayers… Ives is endorsed.”
RedState – Illinois Republicans Need More (Like) Jeanne Ives
Unfortunately my opponent is desperate to discredit me since he has no practical background for the position he seeks.
Voters should know the truth about Johnson.
He told others, “he was offered a lot of money to run against me” – by the public sector unions.
Here are his recorded union donations this year from the State Board of Elections:
3/4 Associated Firefighters $2,500
3/3 IPACE (teachers union) $20,000
2/26 IL federation of teachers $5,000
2/24 West Suburban Teachers Local $1,000
2/26 University Professionals of IL $1,500
2/3 Associated Firefighters Pac $2,500
1/29 IPACE $10,000
1/15 IPACE $ 5,000
As someone deeply indebted to the public unions, he would vote for their agenda and
The Unions Want:
- Progressive Tax Hikes on Your Income
- Taxes on Financial Transactions
- Taxes on Retirement Income
- Spending Increases
- AND No Transparency
Taxpayers should also know he asked for and was granted a 2-month leave of absence from his government job to campaign. If he knocks at your door in the middle of the day, it is because he is not working for the taxpayers which he was hired to do.
Mr. Johnson wants you to believe he cares about state fiscal policies, but he has only contacted me once as a legislator, when I received postcards from both him and his wife advocating for gay marriage.
In keeping with his campaign’s dependence on the misrepresentation of facts, Mr. Johnson claims that I voted against a bill that would have protected taxpayers by implementing a property tax freeze. On this point, he simply doesn’t understand the issue. Local boards should be held to account for their spending by local taxpayers - and your local boards can freeze, or lower, property taxes any year they want to. As we know, government is most effective on the local level. Over the decades the unions have made demands at the state level that increase costs at the local level. A better way to control property taxes is to freeze and eliminate certain state mandates and return control to the local elected boards who were elected by their local constituents. I recognize there is a balance to be struck between protecting taxpayers by limiting powers of locals, which we do with PTELL and through other regulation, and allowing full control. I weigh that protection and control with every vote I take. Furthermore, I take the tax-payer into consideration at each decision-point, and read past talking points to assure that I have voted responsibly. Let’s be clear, at this point in our state’s history with the overreach of state mandates, this decision needs to remain at the local level. That being said, I do not believe property taxes should be increased with falling EAV’s.
On your behalf I have filed bills that will control spending, provide local control, reform taxes and regulation, and provide more transparency.
Feel free to share this page with others. I ask for your vote on March 18th in the Republican primary. Send a message to the Public Sector Unions that they will not be your voice in Springfield. For more information, my website is http://www.ives42.com/.
The Movement Continues – Hold Illinois to a Higher Standard