Friday, September 28, 2007

National Taxpayers United blasts County Commission Joan Murphy for proposing to raise taxes

Tax Accountability 2007
407 S. Dearborn, Suite 1170 * CHICAGO, ILLINOIS 60605
(312) 427-5128 * Fax (312) 427-5139 * Web Site <> * E-mail <>

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Jim Tobin (312) 427-5128
September 28, 2007 (773) 354-2076 (Cell)


CHICAGO—The chairman of Tax Accountability 2007 today charged that Cook County Commissioner Joan Murphy (D-Crestwood) has broken the Illinois Taxpayer Protection Pledge she signed, with two witnesses, on January 11, 2006.

“Commissioner Joan Murphy has decided that being a stooge for Board President Todd Stroger (D) is more important than the promise she made to taxpayers and voters,” said Jim Tobin, President of Tax Accountability 2007. “On January 11, 2006, she signed the pledge, saying, ‘I Joan Patricia Murphy, pledge to the taxpayers of Cook County, that I will oppose any and all efforts to increase any taxes,’ and she added in writing, ‘with the exception of the cigarette tax.’ Well, she might as well have added, ‘with the exception of any taxes Todd Stroger wants.’”

“The proposed 267% hike in the county’s portion of the sales tax, which Murphy introduced, and which will be considered and voted on next Monday, Oct. 1., would raise the county’s portion of the sales tax from 0.75% to 2.75%, a 267% increase that would funnel close to $1 billion new taxpayer dollars into an already corrupt system,” said Tobin.

“Joan Murphy’s tax increase, at the behest of Todd Stroger, would raise the total sales tax to 11% in Chicago, hurting low-income and minority families, and will encourage consumers to do their shopping elsewhere. Local businesses will suffer.”

“I urge the Cook County Board to vote NO on this gigantic sales tax increase, and I urge Joan Murphy to reconsider her vote, and to take the side of the taxpayers she pledged to protect.”

For a copy of Commissioner Murphy’s signed tax pledge please call (312) 427-5128.


Alistar said...

I can't believe there aren't a gazillion comments regarding this story. Don't people care about what these goofballs are trying to do to us. They raise our already extradinarily high sales tax even higher because they don't know how to manage a budget. Where does all the money go??? I'd like to find out. Who's getting rich off of the lower and middle class and the business owners trying to feed their families. This is going to hurt everyone. I am just so damn angry.

TELL EVERYONE YOU KNOW: Email Joan Patricia Murphy ( and copy and paste this story. Or call her at (708)389-2125 or (312)603-4216. Do it now, before it's too late

Third Generation Chicago Native said...

Joan Murphy needs to be watched. Her and Commissioner Sims also wanted exempt status on hiring practices. I am in Daley's 11th district, but if I was in the 6th I would be out talking to all my neighbors. Joan Murphy and Deborah Sims wanted exempt status for Commissioners as far as the Inspector General goes for the Shakman decree. So Joan needs to be watched.