GOP sees Madigan at wheel of Pritzker bus tour
Democratic gubernatorial candidate J.B. Pritzker needs to rethink the name of his recently launched "Think Big" bus tour across the state, the Illinois Republican Party suggested in a recent press release.
"If J.B. Pritzker were an honest politician, he would dub his upcoming road trip the 'Tax Hike' tour, but he only has snake oil to sell to Illinois families,” GOP spokesman Aaron DeGroot said, according to the release. “Even before Pritzker and (House Speaker Michael) Madigan got their 32 percent tax hike enacted into law, Pritzker supported other big tax hikes on Illinois families. With tax hikes like these, it's clear Madigan is in the driver's seat on the Pritzker campaign bus.”
The GOP said Pritzker called for raising the state income tax to 5 percent or more in April, two months before the General Assembly passed a 32 percent increase that raised the tax to 4.95 percent. In May, Pritzker also called for the state to impose a tax on all retirement income that is federally taxable.
"And while J.B. Pritzker has been pushing tax hikes on Illinois families, he's cutting deals with crooked Cook County insiders to get his own property taxes lowered, even as he opposes a property tax freeze," the GOP said in the release.