Letter: Illinois legislators unwilling to listen

With unemployment near 10 percent and no end in sight for home foreclosures, many Illinois lawmakers seem to be disconnected with reality.

Calls, e-mails, faxes and letters in opposition to an income tax increase flooded their offices for weeks, to no avail. During the final hours of the past legislative session, lawmakers decided to place a much heavier tax burden on Illinois families.

In lieu of cutting pork spending, Springfield lawmakers opted to continue to increase the insatiable demands of our growing state government.

Here are a few examples: $1 million to provide cable TV to prisoners; $6 million for the Museum of Broadcast Communications; $100 million to create an airport in Peotone; over $78 million for horseracing interests; almost half million for programs for homosexual and transgender senior citizens; $3 million to Easter Seals (Chicago/Joliet regions,); tens of thousands of our tax dollars to out-of-state universities; and the list goes on.

They are essentially taking much-needed resources away from family budgets instead of governing responsibly.

Too many legislators are unresponsive to the will of the people—the very people they represent. Illinois voters would do well to remember this lame duck session in the next election cycle.

David E. Smith
Executive Director
Illinois Family Institute