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Don't call Illinois property tax "relief" a tax break

Scott ReederJournalist

Mar 31, 2014

Pat Quinn has promised us all a property tax break of $500.

Well, sorta, kinda.

Right now every Illinois homeowner already is getting a state income tax break based on the property taxes they pay.

Quinn’s plan (actually, Mike Madigan says it’s really his plan) would up the amount to $500.

So it’s not an increase of $500, it’s merely the expansion of an existing program.

But regardless of how you do the arithmetic, Quinn’s plan is more about taking from taxpayers than giving back to them.

Here’s why: In 2011 he signed a measure temporarily raising the…

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