The Jan. 22 edition of the Northwest Herald contained a column from Austin Berg of the Illinois Policy Institute.
The institute’s name would have you believe that they are a nonpartisan think tank. Actually, the institute received more than $500,000 from the Rauner Family Foundation and another nonprofit controlled by institute CEO John Tillman got much more from the Koch brothers organizations, according to a report from ProPublica.
I think the Northwest Herald should note that the Illinois Policy Institute is a conservative think tank – a highly partisan source at the bottom of the article, less people be misled.
I also would like the Herald to stop publishing articles from those who want to complain about Illinois without offering specifics of what their plan would look like. A tax freeze means something has to be cut – what is it? What’s the alternative to the tax increase? If you answer cut spending – what spending?
And why is he blaming the state government for the local taxation? Isn’t that a local issue?
The constant moaning about people leaving Illinois only makes the issue worse. It is irresponsible to keep bringing this up while Chicago is in the running for the Amazon headquarters.
Illinois is still the fifth state economically, and we have many advantages that other low-wage states don’t have.