Jim Tobin Tags Quinn as a “3-County” Governor

From the Sunday after the election Chicago Tribune.


One-man, one-vote is the law of the land.

Nothing new about that in a statewide race.

But this analysis by National Taxpayers United of Illinois President Jim Tobin is nevertheless interesting, not to mention catchy.



CHICAGO–Gov. Patrick Quinn (D) has no mandate whatsoever to raise the state income tax according to Jim Tobin, President of National Taxpayers United of Illinois (NTUI), despite Quinn’s claim on Nov. 8 that “I think we will have a requisite majority in both Houses to pass an income tax increase, and we have to do it as soon as possible. That’s the lesson of Tuesday to me”.

“Patrick Quinn is drinking his own Kool-Aid,” said Tobin. “His claim that he has a mandate from the Nov. 2 election is ludicrous.”

“Quinn not only has no mandate, he didn’t even get a majority of the votes on Election Day. He received only 47% of the votes. His gubernatorial opponents who opposed raising the state income tax received 51% of the votes.”

“We call Quinn ‘Governor 3-county,’ because he won the voting in only three counties, St. Clair County, Alexander County, and the heavily populated and profoundly corrupt Cook County.”

“Quinn won in only three of 102 Illinois counties, so he shouldn’t insult the intelligence of Illinois voters by telling them he has a mandate to raise the state income tax.”

“Rather than raising taxes to pump more taxpayer dollars into the floundering state pension plans, he should lead the effort to reform that broken system.

“New government hires should be required to fund their own retirements with 401(k) plans. Ending pensions for new government hires will eventually eliminate unfunded government pensions.”

“Furthermore, if each government employee in state pension funds were required to contribute an additional 10% to his or her pension, taxpayers would save over $150 billion over the next 35 years.”

“Finally, if Illinois government employees paid for one-half of their health care premiums, even more money would be saved – an estimated $230 billion over current projections.”

“It’s time for Gov. Quinn to get real. Instead of trying to raise the state income tax, he should work to reform the broken, unsustainable Illinois government pension fund programs.”


Jim Tobin Tags Quinn as a “3-County” Governor — 3 Comments

  1. Apparently; Mr Tobin doesn’t know what he is talking about because the Highway maintainers in District 1 pay 10.5% into our retirement already and that includes overtime.

    We also pay all the other taxes to, Social Security and Federal and State and I personally donate to SECA.

    I also pay into a 457 alternate retirement fund so maybe I will have a little soemthing for when I retire.

    I have a great Idea pay back what you owe us since 1988 when the employees made a good faith agreement with the State so they could balance the budget.

  2. And maybe if we just insist that all State Employees actually donate their entire paycheck each week back to the State we could really make a dent into the deficit.

    Or better yet, we could take away all their benefits and make government employees pay for the priviledge of working for the State.

    Yeah thats it!

    We’ll make the employees pay to work.

    Do we really need State Troopers anyway?

  3. Yeah!
    Maybe everyone should work for free. Even the private sector.
    Everyone can just give their checks to the State and then they would have all the money they need.
    Everyone one can work till they are to old to work anymore.
    Even the rich people.
    Then we wouldn’t have any elite people who think they are better than anyone else.

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