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Suburban Democrats won't buck Illinois' statewide property tax hike proposal

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By Robert Hadley | Oct 23, 2018

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State Rep. Michelle Mussman (D-Schaumburg) is one of suburban Democrats who has refused to oppose the statewide property tax proposal.

While Republicans have publicly slammed a statewide property tax plan that could add thousands to Illinois homeowners’ property taxes, suburban Democrats have opted not to criticize the idea.

Proposed in May by the Chicago Federal Reserve, the statewide residential property tax of one percent could tack on an additional $2,500 annually for a home worth $250,000. This plan has been touted by some as the only way to generate the hundreds of billions in tax revenue it would take to pay the state's unfunded pension liabilities.

"Because the debt is so large, it’s unrealistic to think that new taxes (such as a tax on legalized marijuana or financial transactions) or increases that affect only a narrow segment of the population will be enough," the Fed's Thomas Hassl, Rick Mattoon and Thomas Walstrum wrote. "Illinois will have to find additional revenues from already existing tax bases, either by increasing rates, expanding the definition of what is taxable, or a combination of the two."

"Do Illinois homeowners have the ability to pay these larger tax bills? Our calculations suggest that, even under the best-case scenario, the additional tax bill is quite high, and some households would certainly struggle to pay it," they wrote.

The proposed increase would amount to a 43 percent increase on the average that Illinois homeowners pay, according to Crain's Chicago Business.

The plan could become a reality next year, if Democrats retain control of the legislature and Democrat J.B. Pritzker unseats Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner.

Wirepoints' Mark Glennon says the idea would tank Illinois' residential real estate market.

It surely ranks among the most blatantly inhumane and foolish ideas we’ve seen yet," he wrote. "Are they blind to human consequences? Confiscatory property tax rates have already robbed hundreds of thousands, maybe millions, of Illinois families of their home equity — probably the lion’s share of whatever wealth they had."

Following is a list of incumbent Democrats for House seats, along with their Republican challengers:

House District

Democrat

Candidate

Republican Challenger

19

Rep. Robert Martwick (D-Chicago)

Ammie Kessem

35

Rep. Frances Ann Hurley (D-Chicago)

Herbert Hebein

44

Rep. Fred Crespo (D-Hoffman Estates)

Katy Dolan Baumer

46

Rep. Deborah Conroy (D-Villa Park)

Gordon Kinzler

48

Terra Costa Howard

Incumbent Rep. Peter Breen (R-Lombard)

49

Karina Villa

Tonia Khouri

55

Rep. Martin J. Moylan (D-Des Plaines)

Marilyn Smolenski

62

Rep. Sam Yingling (D-Grayslake)

Ken Idstein

65

Richard Johnson

Dan Ugaste

70

Paul Stoddard

Jeff Keicher

85

Rep. John Connor (D-Lockport)

Lisa Bickus

98

Rep. Natalie Manley (D-Joliet)

Alyssia Benford

101

Jennifer McMillin

Dan Caulkins

107

David Seiler

Blaine Wilhour

109

Cynthia Given

Darren Bailey

110

Shirley Bell

Chris Miller

111

Rep. Monica Bristow (D-Godfrey)

Mike Babcock

112

Rep. Katie Stuart (D-Edwardsville)

Dwight Kay

113

Rep. Jay C. Hoffman (D-Swansea)

Doug Jameson

116

Rep. Jerry Costello (D-Smithon)

David Friess

118

Wes Sherrod/Samuel Stratemeyer

Patrick Windhorst

In the Senate, here's a list of Democrats and their Republican counterparts, sorted by district:

Senate District

Democrat Candidate

Republican Challenger

9

Laura Fine

Joan McCarthy Lasonde

23

Incumbent Sen. Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park)

Seth Lewis

29

Incumbent Sen. Julie Morrison (D-Deerfield)

Barrett Davie

30

Incumbent Sen. Terry Link (D-Vernon Hills)

Soojae Lee

32

Mary Mahady

Craig Wilcox

45

David Simpson

Rep. Brian Stewart (R-Freeport)

48

Incumbent Sen. Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill)

Seth McMillan

54

Brian Stout

Jason Plummer

56

Rachelle Aud Crowe (D-Glen Carbon)

Hal Patton (Conservatie Party)

57

Christopher Belt

Tanya Hildenbrand

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