Steve Andersson’s Reason for Voting for 32% Madigan Income Tax Hike

Steve Andersson

State Rep. Steve Andersson has a smaller part of McHenry County than any other House member.

He is also, in only his second term, the most influential, having been named Floor Leader by GOP Minority Leader Jim Durkin.

Representing Sun City and western Kane County down to Geneva, where he lives, Andersson was the only local Representative to vote for the tax hike.

Here’s his explanation to the Daily Herald:

“To me it was a decision between two bad choices. Vote no and let the state financially collapse and maybe never recover. Vote yes on a tax increase — something I never wanted to do, and something people don’t want to pay.”

Andersson and two other suburban Republicans who vote for the income tax hike said they expected a primary challenge.

Over two weeks ago, Andersson signaled his support for an income tax hike.

The tax hike would not have passed without Republican votes.

Every Republican vote allowed a Democrat in a marginal district the ability to vote, “No.”

Voting against the income tax hike, of course, gives such Democrats a better chance of getting re-elected.


Steve Andersson’s Reason for Voting for 32% Madigan Income Tax Hike — 15 Comments

  1. The income tax hike passed by the State House was Senate Bill 9 (SB 9) in the 100th General Assembly.

    Today it passed the Senate in a concurrence vote.

    Now it gets sent to the Governor, who has said he will veto the bill.

  2. Let the State collapse, I don’t want to pay for the Dems excesses.

    End of story.

  3. RINOs, every last one needs to be primaried back to the political wasteland from whence they came.

    Stand up and be counted you men and women of McHenry County. Your Country needs you now!

  4. The real problem is all who blame the “RINOS” for our woes!

    After all these years, it is YOU who are still caught-up in the insanity of the republican-democrat Paradigm.

    And therein lies the real problem!

    The problem is not those
    “Republican In Name Only” politicians…

    The REAL problem is your lack of understanding/unwillingness to acknowledge that
    Republican IS a Name Only!

    Many of these “RINOS” you all complain of, YOU contributed to, campaigned for and helped to elect!

    Why? Because, they ran as Republicans, as if that meant anything!

    Because your MCGOP told you those candidates were “Republican Strong”!

    Today, you have the government you deserve! The government you helped to elect!

    Parties mean nothing!

    You see this demonstrated everyday! Yet somehow you expect that electing the next self-purported Republican will accomplish something… only to be disappointed once again.

    Might I suggest looking in the mirror to see the real problem here?

    Start supporting the man!

    Start supporting the principles he stands for!

    And start supporting what he’s willing to do to fight for those principles!

  5. Just got a raise…two weeks later it is gone thanks to Anderson.

    Also due to lack of ANY moral courage on his part, there are no constraints on property taxes and in fact there is an incentive to raise them to cover the losses due to the Chicago school bail out in the budget that passed after the tax increase…therefore I also expect property taxes to increase.

    This is freaking ridicules!

    I am chomping at the bit to support his primary challenger…

  6. Steve Andersson,

    This state is so far gone, it will never recover.

    A tax hike only increases the pain, and prolongs it.

    The only recovery for Illinois is to hit reset and start over, i.e. let the state collapse / fail.

    I’ve been trying to move out of the state.

    My house has been on the market for 4 months, after pouring tens of thousands into updating everything.

    No one wants to buy a house where the monthly property tax bill will be higher than the mortgage.

    And now where the buyer would have an additional 1.2% of their earnings stolen by government.

    Your support of a tax hike prolongs my pain and everyone else’s. Please vote against a veto override.

  7. I wonder if any of the commenters are aware, as they blame Madigan, that the 4.95% number was Rauner’s?

    Or are they aware that Bruce Rauner’s own budget, that he proposed in February of 2017, included a $4.5B hole in, that could only really be filled with new taxes?

    Or are they aware that the budget that Rep. Durkin and Sen. Brady came out with – the “Capitol Compromise” – and that Rauner said he would sign, included the exact same tax increase as what passed.

    For some reason, I doubt these commenters are aware…

  8. Nice try Shake – the Rauner ‘plan’ also included off-setting changes to pensions and other needed reforms.

    Insofar as Patrick: “Start supporting the man! ” sexist!

    and “Might I suggest looking in the mirror to see the real problem here? ”

    good advice for you to take.

    There are only two ways to change government in this state:

    1. violent overthrow or

    2. work within the system.

    Any other solution you or anyone else proposes is wishful thinking.

  9. Rauner was also advocating for more substantial reforms.

    The bills as passed by the House and Senate contained minimal reform.

  10. The same Daily Herald article revealed that so many Republicans voted for the tax hike, that some Democrats were able to vote against the tax hike.

    That’s a plus for Democrat House Speaker Michael Madigan, the #1 person in the State House of Representatives.


    Daily Herald

    Why Suburban Lawmakers Broke Ranks on Budget, Tax Hike Votes

    July 3, 2017

    by Marni Pyke

    “Suburban Democrats who voted for the budget bill but against raising taxes included Marty Moylan of Des Plaines, Michelle Mussman of Schaumburg, and Sam Yingling of Grayslake.

    Assists from the 15 Republicans gave Democrats in volatile districts leeway to defect.”


    Senate Bill 6 (SB 6) = Spending Bill

    Senate Bill 9 (SB 9) = Revenue Bill (contains state income tax hike)

    Senate Bill 42 (SB 42) = Budget Implementation (BIMP) Bill


    It would be a major victory for Michael Madigan if the State House overrides the Governor Veto of SB 9 with some Democrats voting no on that override vote.

  11. So disappointing to see a local Republican vote for this.

    Those that dug this hole for us are just getting bailed out again…. at our expense.

  12. I can’t wait to support a primary challenger.

    I CAN’T WAIT !!!!!!!!!

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