Letters to the Editor

Letter: Cook County controls state

To the Editor:

Mike Madigan just passed a huge tax increase for the residents of Illinois. Roughly figuring, it will cost every taxpayer about $900 to $1,200 a year more in income taxes if you are considered middle class. In 2015, there were 12.86 million residents in Illinois. Chicago had 2.722 million, and Cook County had 5.246 million in 2014.

Gov. Bruce Rauner received the winning vote from every county in Illinois except Cook. Rauner received about 51 percent of the vote, and Quinn about 46 percent. In 2012, when Mike Madigan was re-elected in his 22nd District, he received 21,755 of the 28,354 total votes cast in his district.

Is there something fundamentally wrong with a system that allows Madigan, who garnered only 21,000 votes, to be the single, most powerful person to determine the fate of our state?

The fact that Cook County basically runs the state is an incredible overreach of power. Madigan has become a very powerful and extremely rich man on a salary of about $70,000 a year as a legislator. For 40 years, he and Cook County have run the state. We are on the brink of extinction.

Every dollar you pay in taxes buys a vote in Cook County. The system is broken. Madigan really doesn’t care, because when we become the next Detroit, he will simply retire, take all of his assets and move to a new location and dodge the mess he has developed here in our
once beautiful and wonderful state.

How sad. How irresponsible.

Chuck Rasmussen

Crystal Lake

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