On August 8th For The Good of Illinois sent the following email to subscribers. It is a story that should be broadcast ALL over Illinois! Businesses are leaving Illinois for states with friendlier business climates. Tax Hike Mike Frerichs is being challenged by John Bambenek for Illinois Senate. Christine Radogno, minority leader of the Illinois Senate is NOT supporting John! Why? He’s a conservative. John is a direct threat to her leadership because he has common sense values, understands the state problems, and won’t be used by Democrats to enact ObamaCare in Illinois and pass the Illinois Dream Act.
But the story gets better – keep reading.
Yesterday GOP Chair Pat Brady copied the above email and turned it into a request for money:
Tax Hike Mike
Did you read the Champaign News-Gazette yesterday?
In case you missed it, columnist Tom Kacich reported that the cousin of State Senator Mike Frerichs (D-Champaign) had moved his business across the border to Indiana due to the unfriendly Illinois business climate.
Here’s what Gayle Frerichs, Sen. Frerichs’s cousin, told the newspaper:
“In Springfield, it is so non-business-friendly…. You can’t believe how friendly Indiana made it.”
Frerichs said he would save $90,000 to $100,000 a year in lower taxes, license plate fees, and health care costs by moving his 20-person company to Indiana.
“The final straw was when Illinois raised its income taxes. That did it for me,” said Frerichs.
His cousin Mike voted for the tax hike that drove business out of Illinois. That 67% income tax hike passed at 2:30 a.m. at the end of a lame duck session in January of 2011. Not a single Republican voted for the tax hike.
Sen. Frerichs has made our economic environment worse by supporting more taxes, more borrowing, and more spending. Families and job creators are finding it harder to stay in Illinois because of the Democrats’ terrible mismanagement.
Please take a moment to read Kacich’s column in the News-Gazette and help us defeat tax and spenders like Sen. Mike Frerichs by contributing today at redacted
Chairman, Illinois Republican Party