State bill would cut property tax hikes to 0% in bad times

by Greg Hinz

A northwest suburban legislator has introduced a bill that a lot of property owners are going to like in this time of depressed home values.

But the question is, can it pass?

Under new legislation proposed by state Rep. Jack Franks, taxes could not go up at all — not a penny — in any year in which the gross value of property in a taxing district decreases. The only exception is if voters approve a hike by referendum.

“Home values have plummeted in recent years, but the tax burden on those properties continues to rise,” said Mr. Franks, a McHenry County Democrat. “It is unconscionable that property taxes have increased as more and more homeowners are under water with their mortgages.”

Under current law, taxes can go up by the rate of consumer inflation or 5%, whichever is lower.

Mr. Franks has several co-sponsors, most of them Republicans. I suspect House leadership won’t like the bill.

But in these times, the bill could get quite a head of steam. I can hear the cheers.

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Visiting The Flight 93 Memorial

I’ve been to Ground Zero (1st time as volunteer Nov ’01) and the Pentagon multiple times, but never to the field where United 93 crashed. Today I had a chance to visit the field and memorial outside of Stoystown, PA. The site is in a rural, peaceful, and beautiful area in SW Pennsylvania. Even though it’s been 10 years, the memories trigger emotions. The heroic actions of Todd Beamer (a Wheaton Graduate) and the passengers stopped the terrorists from their diabolic plan. I’m reminded of Edmund Burke’s “All that is required for evil to prevail is for good men to do nothing.” On that day of trial, will we be like Todd Beamer and say, “Let’s Roll” or not?

How ObamaCare Guts Medicare


The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee has attacked Senate Republican candidates for wanting “to end Medicare as we know it.” And in Nevada’s hotly contested Senate race, Majority Leader Harry Reid is attacking Republican Sharron Angle, saying she wants to “gut” Medicare. But Mr. Reid has already gutted it. He and his colleagues did so by passing ObamaCare.

Senior Editorial Writer Joseph Rago explains the increase in insurance premiums. Columnist Mary Anastasia O’Grady critiques the President’s plan.

In his analysis accompanying the recently released Annual Report of the Medicare Board of Trustees, Richard Foster, Medicare’s chief actuary, noted that Medicare payment rates for doctors and hospitals serving seniors will be cut by 30% over the next three years. Under the policies of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, by 2019 Medicare payment rates will be lower than under Medicaid. Mr. Foster notes that by the end of the 75-year projection period in the Annual Medicare Trustees Report, Medicare payment rates will be one-third of what will be paid by private insurance, and only half of what is paid by Medicaid.

Altogether, ObamaCare cuts $818 billion from Medicare Part A (hospital insurance) from 2014-2023, the first 10 years of its full implementation, and $3.2 trillion over the first 20 years, 2014-2033. Adding in ObamaCare cuts for Medicare Part B (physicians fees and other services) brings the total cut to $1.05 trillion over the first 10 years and $4.95 trillion over the first 20 years.

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Skillicorn endorsed by Julie Fox

“As a Controller, a CPA, and past Treasurer of the Dundee Township Library District Board, I am familiar with the challenges of balancing a budget during hard economic times. I am impressed by local candidates who are up to that challenge, candidates who will do whatever is necessary to avoid further tax increases. Candidates need to represent the people, not big government. Candidates need to take the time to understand the issues facing their towns and the options available to resolve them.

I endorse new-comer Allen Skillicorn for East Dundee Village Board. Considering that he was also endorsed by the Daily Herald, I’m obviously not the only one impressed by him!”

Julie Fox
Past Treasurer of the Dundee Township Library District Board