Immediate Help Wanted: Illinois State House and Illinois State Senate Leaders

Must be Democrats. No DINO’s please. Real Democrats only.

Speaker of the Illinois House. Must be able to pass timely budget bill, preferably with modest to dramatic increases in educational funding, this being a minimum requirement. Knowing how to pay for these increases would be nice. Raising the state income tax (hey, how about a more progressive tax system just like the feds do) and slight changes in the state sales tax (increasing luxury items). Ability to pass an electric rate freeze, cap property taxes (the Cook County Assessor’s bill would be a good start), effective tax swapping proposals, increase funding for public transportation (not just Chicago) and being to at least fake a civil relationship with the governor. Must also get along with the President of the Illinois Senate. Contact your state representative.

Also needed immediately, President of the Illinois Senate. Staying out of the pockets of big power companies (like Exelon or ComEd, one in the same) is essential. Power money can poison. Pass HB 750 (or if you prefer SB 750 is ok too). Ability to pass an electric rate freeze, cap property taxes (the Cook County Assessor’s bill would be a good start), effective tax swapping proposals (that is if you don’t like 750) and increase funding for public transportation (not just Chicago). But just pass something. Must also get along with the Speaker of the Illinois House. Contact your state senator.

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