Zorn Gives More Exposure to Steve Andersson’s Vote for Income Tax Hike

Chicago Tribune Eric Zorn dedicated not one, but two columns to State Rep. Steve Andersson’s vote in favor of Mike Madigan’s 32% income tax hike.

Zorn obviously wants to help Andersson, but I’m pretty sure that columns like you see the top of below don’t assist the man who represents Sun City and points south:

Chicago Tribune columnist Eric Zorn praises State Repl Steve Andersson for a second time last Friday.

You can read the column here.


Zorn Gives More Exposure to Steve Andersson’s Vote for Income Tax Hike — 10 Comments

  1. Let me correct that headline for you, Mr. Zorn:

    Yes, the Illinois GOP renegades ARE “sellouts”.

    More people and businesses leaving Illinois because of people like Andersson every day.

    You are judged by the company you keep.

  2. Zorn still writing his lib progressive drivel.

    The fact he’s still employed at the Trib tells you one thing.

    There are countless like minded nitwits in the State.

  3. The 10 State House Republicans who voted yes allowed 6 House Democrats to vote no, which gives 6 House Democrats political cover in the November 6, 2018 general election.

    The state personal individual income tax was hiked from 3.75% to 4.95% on July 6, 2017.

    That occurred in the legislative over ride of the Governor Rauner’s veto of Senate Bill 9 (SB 9), which became Public Act 100-0022.


    From 1990 to 2010 the state personal income tax rate was 3%.

    From 2011 – 2014 the state personal income tax rate was 5%.


    SB 9 was 363 pages and known as the Revenue Bill.

    It was passed into law by House Democrats on the same day as two other budget bills:

    Senate Bill 6 (SB 6), which became Public Act 100-0021 (PA 100-0021), is known as the Spending Bill, and is 638 PAGES.

    Senate Bill 42 (SB 42), which became Public Act 100-0023 (PA 100-0023), was known as the Budget Implementation Plan (BIMP), and is 472 pages.


    The legislators did not have ample time to review the bills.

    This is not unusual with Michael Madigan last minute high stakes budget poker games.

    No we are left with a budget which cannot distribute preschool – 12th grade public education funding, and are in yet another Michael Madigan high stakes poker game.

    It’s Michael Madigan’s call what happens, when it happens, and how it happens.

    He is orchestrating the show.


    The statewide teacher unions, the Illinois Education Association (IEA) and Illinois Federation of Teachers (IFT) have not publicly endorsed or not endorsed the education funding model bill, Senate Bill 1 (SB 1), which is preventing the distribution of funding to public schools.

  4. The bill is preventing the distribution of the funding, not the teacher unions.

    The point being, it is noteworthy teacher unions have no public position on the education funding model.

  5. Andersson should go back to the library board, where he can’t do much taxpayer damage.

    To raise income taxes with zero spending reform is simply stupid, regardless of what comes out of his turncoat mouth.

    He handed the Madigan mafia a shiny new credit card to play with.

  6. The personal income tax started out at 2.5 percent under Governor Richard Ogilvie.

  7. This is a form of “Fake News”.

    Zorn knows they are Republican “sellouts”; he just agrees with their selling out.

    So, to support these republican traitors in the press, Zorn creates a false narrative.

    That’s what “Fake News” is.

  8. Illinois News Network

    Ives: Hidden Budget Items Have ‘Fed the Beast’ of Illinois Fiscal Crisis

    by Jacob Bielanski

    August 2, 2017

    “Much of the focus last month was on a $5 billion income tax increase that will force Illinoisans to pay and additional $1,000 to state government on average.”

    “”The 583-page sate budget bill that most legislators were only given 45 minutes or so to read before having to vote on it contains several ‘hidden’ provisions that will cost taxpayers and local communities millions of dollars above and beyond the income tax hike that was passed the same day in a separate bill,” Ives wrote recently on her website.

    Among the items Ives references are a two percent collection fee on municipalities, a repeal of a tax exemption on ethanol that will lead to gas price increases and a provision that incentivizes municipal borrowing that could lead to more local tax increases.”


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