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Pat Quinn on Tax Reform
Democratic Governor: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Pat Quinn on other issues.
  • Shift from property tax to taxing ability to pay. (Jan 2010)

Senate:

IL 2014: 2014 IL Senate debate


Richard Durbin on Tax Reform
Democratic Sr Senator (IL): Click here for 21 full quotes OR click here for Richard Durbin on other issues.
  • Close tax loopholes and gain $1.2T from the wealthy. (Jan 2013)
  • Call on the wealthiest people to pay their fair share. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted YES on increasing tax rate for people earning over $1 million. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted NO on allowing AMT reduction without budget offset. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted NO on raising the Death Tax exemption to $5M from $1M. (Feb 2008)
  • Voted NO on repealing the Alternative Minimum Tax. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted NO on raising estate tax exemption to $5 million. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted NO on supporting permanence of estate tax cuts. (Aug 2006)
  • Voted NO on permanently repealing the `death tax`. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted YES on $47B for military by repealing capital gains tax cut. (Feb 2006)
  • Voted NO on retaining reduced taxes on capital gains & dividends. (Feb 2006)
  • Voted NO on extending the tax cuts on capital gains and dividends. (Nov 2005)
  • Voted NO on $350 billion in tax breaks over 11 years. (May 2003)
  • Voted YES on reducing marriage penalty instead of cutting top tax rates. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on increasing tax deductions for college tuition. (May 2001)
  • Voted NO on eliminating the 'marriage penalty'. (Jul 2000)
  • Voted NO on across-the-board spending cut. (Oct 1999)
  • Voted NO on requiring super-majority for raising taxes. (Apr 1998)
  • Rated 14% by NTU, indicating a "Big Spender" on tax votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Rated 100% by the CTJ, indicating support of progressive taxation. (Dec 2006)
  • Minimum tax rate of 30% for those earning over $1 million. (Mar 2012)
Sharon Hansen on Tax Reform
Libertarian Challenger: Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Sharon Hansen on other issues.
  • We are paying way too much in taxes. (Dec 2013)
  • Our tax percentage only climbs; it never goes in reverse. (Dec 2013)
Mark Kirk on Tax Reform
Republican Jr Senator; previously Representative (IL-10): Click here for 20 full quotes OR click here for Mark Kirk on other issues.
  • Ending Bush tax cuts may cause double-dip recession. (Oct 2010)
  • Tax increase is surest way to turn recession into depression. (Dec 2009)
  • End marriage penalty & death tax; simplify tax code. (Sep 2000)
  • Voted YES on extending AMT exemptions to avoid hitting middle-income. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted NO on paying for AMT relief by closing offshore business loopholes. (Dec 2007)
  • Voted YES on retaining reduced taxes on capital gains & dividends. (Dec 2005)
  • Voted YES on providing tax relief and simplification. (Sep 2004)
  • Voted YES on making permanent an increase in the child tax credit. (May 2004)
  • Voted YES on permanently eliminating the marriage penalty. (Apr 2004)
  • Voted YES on making the Bush tax cuts permanent. (Apr 2002)
  • Voted YES on $99 B economic stimulus: capital gains & income tax cuts. (Oct 2001)
  • Voted YES on Tax cut package of $958 B over 10 years. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on eliminating the Estate Tax ("death tax"). (Apr 2001)
  • Phaseout the death tax. (Mar 2001)
  • Rated 58% by NTU, indicating "Satisfactory" on tax votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Rated 17% by the CTJ, indicating opposition to progressive taxation. (Dec 2006)
  • Taxpayer Protection Pledge: no new taxes. (Aug 2010)
  • Opposes both marriage penalty & federal tax increases. (Aug 2010)
  • Supports the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. (Jan 2012)
  • Implement socially fair, broad-based tax cuts. (Sep 1998)
Jim Oberweis on Tax Reform
Republican Senate Challenger: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Jim Oberweis on other issues.
  • We cannot tax and spend our way to prosperity. (Nov 2012)
Doug Truax on Tax Reform
Republican Senate Challenger (lost primary): Click here for Doug Truax on other issues.
    No stance on record.

House:


Judy Biggert on Tax Reform
Republican Representative (IL-13): Click here for 20 full quotes OR click here for Judy Biggert on other issues.
  • Voted NO on extending AMT exemptions to avoid hitting middle-income. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted NO on paying for AMT relief by closing offshore business loopholes. (Dec 2007)
  • Voted YES on retaining reduced taxes on capital gains & dividends. (Dec 2005)
  • Voted YES on providing tax relief and simplification. (Sep 2004)
  • Voted YES on making permanent an increase in the child tax credit. (May 2004)
  • Voted YES on permanently eliminating the marriage penalty. (Apr 2004)
  • Voted YES on making the Bush tax cuts permanent. (Apr 2002)
  • Voted YES on $99 B economic stimulus: capital gains & income tax cuts. (Oct 2001)
  • Voted YES on Tax cut package of $958 B over 10 years. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on eliminating the Estate Tax ("death tax"). (Apr 2001)
  • Voted YES on eliminating the "marriage penalty". (Jul 2000)
  • Voted YES on $46 billion in tax cuts for small business. (Mar 2000)
  • Phaseout the death tax. (Mar 2001)
  • Rated 58% by NTU, indicating "Satisfactory" on tax votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Rated 0% by the CTJ, indicating opposition to progressive taxation. (Dec 2006)
  • Taxpayer Protection Pledge: no new taxes. (Aug 2010)
  • Supports the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. (Jan 2012)
  • Implement socially fair, broad-based tax cuts. (Sep 1998)
  • Tax incentives for child care; eliminate marriage penalty. (Jul 1999)
  • Tax incentives for education, new schools, & families. (Jul 1999)
Cheri Bustos on Tax Reform
Democrat (District 17): Click here for 3 full quotes OR click here for Cheri Bustos on other issues.
  • Supports increasing tax rates. (Oct 2012)
  • Opposes eliminating the inheritance tax. (Oct 2012)
  • Supports an income tax increase. (Sep 2012)
Danny Davis on Tax Reform
Democratic Representative (IL-7): Click here for 15 full quotes OR click here for Danny Davis on other issues.
  • Voted YES on extending AMT exemptions to avoid hitting middle-income. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted YES on paying for AMT relief by closing offshore business loopholes. (Dec 2007)
  • Voted NO on retaining reduced taxes on capital gains & dividends. (Dec 2005)
  • Voted NO on providing tax relief and simplification. (Sep 2004)
  • Voted NO on making permanent an increase in the child tax credit. (May 2004)
  • Voted NO on permanently eliminating the marriage penalty. (Apr 2004)
  • Voted NO on making the Bush tax cuts permanent. (Apr 2002)
  • Voted NO on $99 B economic stimulus: capital gains & income tax cuts. (Oct 2001)
  • Voted NO on Tax cut package of $958 B over 10 years. (May 2001)
  • Voted NO on eliminating the Estate Tax ("death tax"). (Apr 2001)
  • Voted NO on eliminating the "marriage penalty". (Jul 2000)
  • Voted NO on $46 billion in tax cuts for small business. (Mar 2000)
  • American People's Dividend: Give $300 to every person. (Feb 2001)
  • Rated 26% by NTU, indicating a "Big Spender" on tax votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Rated 83% by the CTJ, indicating support of progressive taxation. (Dec 2006)
Rodney Davis on Tax Reform
Republican (District 13): Click here for 4 full quotes OR click here for Rodney Davis on other issues.
  • Simpler, fairer tax system, to create jobs. (Nov 2012)
  • Opposes increasing tax rates. (Oct 2012)
  • Supports eliminating the inheritance tax. (Oct 2012)
  • Opposes an income tax increase. (Sep 2012)
Bob Dold on Tax Reform
Republican challenger (District 10): Click here for 4 full quotes OR click here for Bob Dold on other issues.
  • Repeal the death tax; lower the corporate tax rate. (Nov 2010)
  • Taxpayer Protection Pledge: no new taxes. (Aug 2010)
  • Opposes both marriage penalty & federal tax increases. (Aug 2010)
  • Supports the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. (Jan 2012)
Tammy Duckworth on Tax Reform
Democrat (District 8): Click here for 3 full quotes OR click here for Tammy Duckworth on other issues.
  • Divide burden fairly; let Bush tax cuts expire for wealthy. (Nov 2012)
  • Supports increasing tax rates. (Oct 2012)
  • Opposes eliminating the inheritance tax. (Oct 2012)
Bill Enyart on Tax Reform
Democrat (District 12): Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Bill Enyart on other issues.
  • No tax breaks for millionaires nor pledges against taxes. (Oct 2012)
  • Supports an income tax increase. (Sep 2012)
Bill Foster on Tax Reform
Democrat: Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Bill Foster on other issues.
  • Voted YES on extending AMT exemptions to avoid hitting middle-income. (Jun 2008)
  • Opposes increasing tax rates. (Oct 2012)
Luis Gutierrez on Tax Reform
Democratic Representative (IL-4): Click here for 14 full quotes OR click here for Luis Gutierrez on other issues.
  • Voted YES on extending AMT exemptions to avoid hitting middle-income. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted YES on paying for AMT relief by closing offshore business loopholes. (Dec 2007)
  • Voted NO on retaining reduced taxes on capital gains & dividends. (Dec 2005)
  • Voted NO on providing tax relief and simplification. (Sep 2004)
  • Voted NO on making the Bush tax cuts permanent. (Apr 2002)
  • Voted NO on $99 B economic stimulus: capital gains & income tax cuts. (Oct 2001)
  • Voted NO on Tax cut package of $958 B over 10 years. (May 2001)
  • Voted NO on eliminating the Estate Tax ("death tax"). (Apr 2001)
  • Voted NO on eliminating the "marriage penalty". (Jul 2000)
  • Voted NO on $46 billion in tax cuts for small business. (Mar 2000)
  • American People's Dividend: Give $300 to every person. (Feb 2001)
  • Rated 22% by NTU, indicating a "Big Spender" on tax votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Rated 100% by the CTJ, indicating support of progressive taxation. (Dec 2006)
  • Minimum tax rate of 30% for those earning over $1 million. (Apr 2012)
Randy Hultgren on Tax Reform
Republican (District 14): Click here for 7 full quotes OR click here for Randy Hultgren on other issues.
  • Repeal the estate tax; reduce tax burden. (Nov 2010)
  • Simpler rules; faster filing; lower rates. (Nov 2010)
  • Taxpayer Protection Pledge: no new taxes. (Aug 2010)
  • Adopt a single-rate tax system. (Jul 2010)
  • Repeal tax hikes in capital gains and death tax. (Jul 2010)
  • Supports the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. (Jan 2012)
  • Repeal the death tax, immediately and with no expiration. (Feb 2013)
Robin Kelly on Tax Reform
Democrat (District 2): Click here for Robin Kelly on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Adam Kinzinger on Tax Reform
Republican (District 16): Click here for 3 full quotes OR click here for Adam Kinzinger on other issues.
  • Act immediately to make the tax cuts permanent. (Nov 2010)
  • Taxpayer Protection Pledge: no new taxes. (Aug 2010)
  • Supports the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. (Jan 2012)
Dan Lipinski on Tax Reform
Democratic Representative (IL-3): Click here for 4 full quotes OR click here for Dan Lipinski on other issues.
  • Voted YES on extending AMT exemptions to avoid hitting middle-income. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted YES on paying for AMT relief by closing offshore business loopholes. (Dec 2007)
  • Voted NO on retaining reduced taxes on capital gains & dividends. (Dec 2005)
  • Rated 100% by the CTJ, indicating support of progressive taxation. (Dec 2006)
Mike Quigley on Tax Reform
Democrat (District 5): Click here for Mike Quigley on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Mel Reynolds on Tax Reform
Democratic candidate (District 2): Click here for Mel Reynolds on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Peter Roskam on Tax Reform
Republican: Click here for 7 full quotes OR click here for Peter Roskam on other issues.
  • Eliminate marriage penalty & Death Tax. (Nov 2006)
  • Voted NO on extending AMT exemptions to avoid hitting middle-income. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted NO on paying for AMT relief by closing offshore business loopholes. (Dec 2007)
  • Taxpayer Protection Pledge: no new taxes. (Aug 2010)
  • No European-style VAT (value-added tax). (May 2010)
  • Member of House Ways and Means Committee. (Mar 2011)
  • Supports the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. (Jan 2012)
Bobby Rush on Tax Reform
Democratic Representative (IL-1): Click here for 12 full quotes OR click here for Bobby Rush on other issues.
  • Voted NO on retaining reduced taxes on capital gains & dividends. (Dec 2005)
  • Voted NO on providing tax relief and simplification. (Sep 2004)
  • Voted NO on permanently eliminating the marriage penalty. (Apr 2004)
  • Voted NO on making the Bush tax cuts permanent. (Apr 2002)
  • Voted NO on $99 B economic stimulus: capital gains & income tax cuts. (Oct 2001)
  • Voted NO on Tax cut package of $958 B over 10 years. (May 2001)
  • Voted NO on eliminating the Estate Tax ("death tax"). (Apr 2001)
  • Voted NO on eliminating the "marriage penalty". (Jul 2000)
  • Voted NO on $46 billion in tax cuts for small business. (Mar 2000)
  • American People's Dividend: Give $300 to every person. (Feb 2001)
  • Rated 23% by NTU, indicating a "Big Spender" on tax votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Rated 100% by the CTJ, indicating support of progressive taxation. (Dec 2006)
Jan Schakowsky on Tax Reform
Democratic Representative (IL-9): Click here for 17 full quotes OR click here for Jan Schakowsky on other issues.
  • Voted YES on extending AMT exemptions to avoid hitting middle-income. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted YES on paying for AMT relief by closing offshore business loopholes. (Dec 2007)
  • Voted NO on retaining reduced taxes on capital gains & dividends. (Dec 2005)
  • Voted NO on providing tax relief and simplification. (Sep 2004)
  • Voted NO on making permanent an increase in the child tax credit. (May 2004)
  • Voted NO on permanently eliminating the marriage penalty. (Apr 2004)
  • Voted NO on making the Bush tax cuts permanent. (Apr 2002)
  • Voted NO on $99 B economic stimulus: capital gains & income tax cuts. (Oct 2001)
  • Voted NO on eliminating the Estate Tax ("death tax"). (Apr 2001)
  • Voted NO on eliminating the "marriage penalty". (Jul 2000)
  • Voted NO on $46 billion in tax cuts for small business. (Mar 2000)
  • American People's Dividend: Give $300 to every person. (Feb 2001)
  • Rated 27% by NTU, indicating a "Big Spender" on tax votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Rated 100% by the CTJ, indicating support of progressive taxation. (Dec 2006)
  • Minimum tax rate of 30% for those earning over $1 million. (Apr 2012)
  • Tax incentives for child care; eliminate marriage penalty. (Jul 1999)
  • Tax incentives for education, new schools, & families. (Jul 1999)
Brad Schneider on Tax Reform
Democrat (District 10): Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Brad Schneider on other issues.
  • Supports increasing tax rates. (Oct 2012)
  • Supports an income tax increase. (Sep 2012)
Aaron Schock on Tax Reform
Republican (District 18): Click here for 4 full quotes OR click here for Aaron Schock on other issues.
  • Taxpayer Protection Pledge: no new taxes. (Aug 2010)
  • No European-style VAT (value-added tax). (May 2010)
  • Member of House Ways and Means Committee. (Mar 2011)
  • Supports the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. (Jan 2012)
John Shimkus on Tax Reform
Republican Representative (IL-19): Click here for 17 full quotes OR click here for John Shimkus on other issues.
  • Voted NO on extending AMT exemptions to avoid hitting middle-income. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted NO on paying for AMT relief by closing offshore business loopholes. (Dec 2007)
  • Voted YES on retaining reduced taxes on capital gains & dividends. (Dec 2005)
  • Voted YES on providing tax relief and simplification. (Sep 2004)
  • Voted YES on making permanent an increase in the child tax credit. (May 2004)
  • Voted YES on permanently eliminating the marriage penalty. (Apr 2004)
  • Voted YES on making the Bush tax cuts permanent. (Apr 2002)
  • Voted YES on $99 B economic stimulus: capital gains & income tax cuts. (Oct 2001)
  • Voted YES on Tax cut package of $958 B over 10 years. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on eliminating the Estate Tax ("death tax"). (Apr 2001)
  • Voted YES on eliminating the "marriage penalty". (Jul 2000)
  • Voted YES on $46 billion in tax cuts for small business. (Mar 2000)
  • Phaseout the death tax. (Mar 2001)
  • Rated 64% by NTU, indicating "Satisfactory" on tax votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Rated 0% by the CTJ, indicating opposition to progressive taxation. (Dec 2006)
  • Taxpayer Protection Pledge: no new taxes. (Aug 2010)
  • Supports the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. (Jan 2012)
Joe Walsh on Tax Reform
Republican (District 8): Click here for 5 full quotes OR click here for Joe Walsh on other issues.
  • Reduced tax rates will increase economic activity. (Feb 2010)
  • Taxpayer Protection Pledge: no new taxes. (Aug 2010)
  • Adopt a single-rate tax system. (Jul 2010)
  • Repeal tax hikes in capital gains and death tax. (Jul 2010)
  • Supports the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. (Jan 2012)

Former candidates & officeholders:


Rod Blagojevich on Tax Reform
Democratic IL Governor; previously Representative (IL-5): Click here for 7 full quotes OR click here for Rod Blagojevich on other issues.
  • Voted NO on making the Bush tax cuts permanent. (Apr 2002)
  • Voted NO on $99 B economic stimulus: capital gains & income tax cuts. (Oct 2001)
  • Voted NO on Tax cut package of $958 B over 10 years. (May 2001)
  • Voted NO on eliminating the Estate Tax ("death tax"). (Apr 2001)
  • Voted YES on eliminating the "marriage penalty". (Jul 2000)
  • Voted NO on $46 billion in tax cuts for small business. (Mar 2000)
  • $12B in federal economic stimulus as state block grants. (Jan 2008)
Jerry Costello on Tax Reform
Democratic Representative (IL-12): Click here for 15 full quotes OR click here for Jerry Costello on other issues.
  • Voted YES on extending AMT exemptions to avoid hitting middle-income. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted NO on retaining reduced taxes on capital gains & dividends. (Dec 2005)
  • Voted YES on providing tax relief and simplification. (Sep 2004)
  • Voted YES on making permanent an increase in the child tax credit. (May 2004)
  • Voted YES on permanently eliminating the marriage penalty. (Apr 2004)
  • Voted NO on making the Bush tax cuts permanent. (Apr 2002)
  • Voted NO on $99 B economic stimulus: capital gains & income tax cuts. (Oct 2001)
  • Voted NO on Tax cut package of $958 B over 10 years. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on eliminating the Estate Tax ("death tax"). (Apr 2001)
  • Voted YES on eliminating the "marriage penalty". (Jul 2000)
  • Voted NO on $46 billion in tax cuts for small business. (Mar 2000)
  • Phaseout the death tax. (Mar 2001)
  • Rated 34% by NTU, indicating a "Big Spender" on tax votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Rated 83% by the CTJ, indicating support of progressive taxation. (Dec 2006)
  • Minimum tax rate of 30% for those earning over $1 million. (May 2012)
Jesse Louis Jackson on Tax Reform
Democratic Representative (IL-2): Click here for 16 full quotes OR click here for Jesse Louis Jackson on other issues.
  • Voted YES on extending AMT exemptions to avoid hitting middle-income. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted YES on paying for AMT relief by closing offshore business loopholes. (Dec 2007)
  • Voted NO on retaining reduced taxes on capital gains & dividends. (Dec 2005)
  • Voted NO on providing tax relief and simplification. (Sep 2004)
  • Voted NO on making permanent an increase in the child tax credit. (May 2004)
  • Voted NO on permanently eliminating the marriage penalty. (Apr 2004)
  • Voted NO on making the Bush tax cuts permanent. (Apr 2002)
  • Voted NO on $99 B economic stimulus: capital gains & income tax cuts. (Oct 2001)
  • Voted NO on Tax cut package of $958 B over 10 years. (May 2001)
  • Voted NO on eliminating the Estate Tax ("death tax"). (Apr 2001)
  • Voted NO on eliminating the "marriage penalty". (Jul 2000)
  • Voted NO on $46 billion in tax cuts for small business. (Mar 2000)
  • American People's Dividend: Give $300 to every person. (Feb 2001)
  • Rated 29% by NTU, indicating a "Big Spender" on tax votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Rated 100% by the CTJ, indicating support of progressive taxation. (Dec 2006)
  • Minimum tax rate of 30% for those earning over $1 million. (Feb 2012)
Timothy Johnson on Tax Reform
Republican Representative (IL-15): Click here for 14 full quotes OR click here for Timothy Johnson on other issues.
  • Voted YES on extending AMT exemptions to avoid hitting middle-income. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted NO on paying for AMT relief by closing offshore business loopholes. (Dec 2007)
  • Voted YES on retaining reduced taxes on capital gains & dividends. (Dec 2005)
  • Voted YES on providing tax relief and simplification. (Sep 2004)
  • Voted YES on making permanent an increase in the child tax credit. (May 2004)
  • Voted YES on permanently eliminating the marriage penalty. (Apr 2004)
  • Voted YES on making the Bush tax cuts permanent. (Apr 2002)
  • Voted YES on $99 B economic stimulus: capital gains & income tax cuts. (Oct 2001)
  • Voted YES on Tax cut package of $958 B over 10 years. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on eliminating the Estate Tax ("death tax"). (Apr 2001)
  • Rated 56% by NTU, indicating "Satisfactory" on tax votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Rated 17% by the CTJ, indicating opposition to progressive taxation. (Dec 2006)
  • Repeal the Death Tax. (Jan 2009)
  • No European-style VAT (value-added tax). (May 2010)
Donald Manzullo on Tax Reform
Republican Representative (IL-16): Click here for 19 full quotes OR click here for Donald Manzullo on other issues.
  • Voted NO on extending AMT exemptions to avoid hitting middle-income. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted NO on paying for AMT relief by closing offshore business loopholes. (Dec 2007)
  • Voted YES on retaining reduced taxes on capital gains & dividends. (Dec 2005)
  • Voted YES on providing tax relief and simplification. (Sep 2004)
  • Voted YES on making permanent an increase in the child tax credit. (May 2004)
  • Voted YES on permanently eliminating the marriage penalty. (Apr 2004)
  • Voted YES on making the Bush tax cuts permanent. (Apr 2002)
  • Voted YES on $99 B economic stimulus: capital gains & income tax cuts. (Oct 2001)
  • Voted YES on Tax cut package of $958 B over 10 years. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on eliminating the Estate Tax ("death tax"). (Apr 2001)
  • Voted YES on eliminating the "marriage penalty". (Jul 2000)
  • Voted YES on $46 billion in tax cuts for small business. (Mar 2000)
  • Phaseout the death tax. (Mar 2001)
  • Rated 63% by NTU, indicating "Satisfactory" on tax votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Rated 17% by the CTJ, indicating opposition to progressive taxation. (Dec 2006)
  • Repeal the Death Tax. (Jan 2009)
  • No European-style VAT (value-added tax). (May 2010)
  • Permanently repeal the estate tax. (Jan 2011)
  • Repeal marriage tax; cut middle class taxes. (Sep 1994)
Bobby Schilling on Tax Reform
Republican challenger 2014 (District 17): Click here for 4 full quotes OR click here for Bobby Schilling on other issues.
  • Taxpayer Protection Pledge: no new taxes. (Aug 2010)
  • Adopt a single-rate tax system. (Jul 2010)
  • Repeal tax hikes in capital gains and death tax. (Jul 2010)
  • Supports the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. (Jan 2012)
George Ryan on Tax Reform
Former Republican Governor (1999-2002): Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for George Ryan on other issues.
  • No national sales tax or VAT. (Feb 2000)
  • Let states independently determine estate taxes. (May 2001)
James Thompson on Tax Reform
Former Republican Governor (1977-1990): Click here for James Thompson on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Philip Crane on Tax Reform
Republican (Until 2004) (District 8): Click here for 12 full quotes OR click here for Philip Crane on other issues.
  • Voted YES on providing tax relief and simplification. (Sep 2004)
  • Voted YES on making permanent an increase in the child tax credit. (May 2004)
  • Voted YES on permanently eliminating the marriage penalty. (Apr 2004)
  • Voted YES on making the Bush tax cuts permanent. (Apr 2002)
  • Voted YES on $99 B economic stimulus: capital gains & income tax cuts. (Oct 2001)
  • Voted YES on Tax cut package of $958 B over 10 years. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on eliminating the Estate Tax ("death tax"). (Apr 2001)
  • Voted YES on eliminating the "marriage penalty". (Jul 2000)
  • Voted YES on $46 billion in tax cuts for small business. (Mar 2000)
  • Phaseout the death tax. (Mar 2001)
  • Rated 69% by NTU, indicating "Satisfactory" on tax votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Repeal marriage tax; cut middle class taxes. (Sep 1994)
James Durkin on Tax Reform
2002 Former Republican Senate Challenger: Click here for the full quote OR click here for James Durkin on other issues.
  • Reduce marginal rate and death tax permanently. (Sep 2002)
Harris Fawell on Tax Reform
Republican Former (1994-) (District 13): Click here for the full quote OR click here for Harris Fawell on other issues.
  • Repeal marriage tax; cut middle class taxes. (Sep 1994)
Peter Fitzgerald on Tax Reform
Former Republican incumbent; retired 2004: Click here for 7 full quotes OR click here for Peter Fitzgerald on other issues.
  • Voted YES on $350 billion in tax breaks over 11 years. (May 2003)
  • Voted NO on reducing marriage penalty instead of cutting top tax rates. (May 2001)
  • Voted NO on increasing tax deductions for college tuition. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on eliminating the 'marriage penalty'. (Jul 2000)
  • Voted YES on phasing out the estate tax ("death tax"). (Jul 2000)
  • Voted YES on across-the-board spending cut. (Oct 1999)
  • Rated 73% by NTU, indicating "Satisfactory" on tax votes. (Dec 2003)
Mike Flanagan on Tax Reform
Republican Former (1994-) (District 5): Click here for the full quote OR click here for Mike Flanagan on other issues.
  • Repeal marriage tax; cut middle class taxes. (Sep 1994)
Denny Hastert on Tax Reform
Republican (Retired 2007) (District 14): Click here for 10 full quotes OR click here for Denny Hastert on other issues.
  • Across-the-board $1.6 trillion tax cut is bad public policy. (Apr 2008)
  • Voted YES on retaining reduced taxes on capital gains & dividends. (Dec 2005)
  • Voted YES on providing tax relief and simplification. (Sep 2004)
  • Voted YES on making the Bush tax cuts permanent. (Apr 2002)
  • Voted YES on $99 B economic stimulus: capital gains & income tax cuts. (Oct 2001)
  • Voted YES on Tax cut package of $958 B over 10 years. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on eliminating the "marriage penalty". (Jul 2000)
  • Voted YES on $46 billion in tax cuts for small business. (Mar 2000)
  • Phaseout the death tax. (Mar 2001)
  • Repeal marriage tax; cut middle class taxes. (Sep 1994)
Alan Keyes on Tax Reform
American Independent nominee for President; 2004 Republican challenger for IL Senate: Click here for 17 full quotes OR click here for Alan Keyes on other issues.
  • Repeal the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Amendments. (Aug 2008)
  • FairTax turns off spigot that funds political ambitions. (Dec 2007)
  • Income tax is a failed socialist experiment. (Oct 2007)
  • Replace income tax with a national sales tax. (Oct 2007)
  • Income tax exemptions for descendants of black slaves. (Sep 2004)
  • Income tax is a failed socialist experiment. (Aug 2004)
  • Sales tax is more progressive than income tax. (Aug 2004)
  • Abolish the income tax and spend money responsibly. (Jan 2000)
  • Sales tax gives control back to people. (Dec 1999)
  • Wrong to pay income taxes before basic necessities. (Dec 1999)
  • Forbesí plan leaves IRS, and an invasive tax, intact. (Dec 1999)
  • Forbesí plan still requires people to beg for tax cuts. (Dec 1999)
  • Replace income tax with tariffs & duties. (Oct 1999)
  • Income tax is Marxist control of entire economy. (Oct 1999)
  • Against flat tax -- a distraction for abolishing income tax. (Jan 1999)
  • Excise taxes allow citizens to control tax rate themselves. (Apr 1998)
  • ďSoak the richĒ schemes have socialist objectives. (May 1996)
William Lipinski on Tax Reform
Democrat (Until 2004) (District 3): Click here for 9 full quotes OR click here for William Lipinski on other issues.
  • Voted YES on permanently eliminating the marriage penalty. (Apr 2004)
  • Voted NO on making the Bush tax cuts permanent. (Apr 2002)
  • Voted NO on $99 B economic stimulus: capital gains & income tax cuts. (Oct 2001)
  • Voted NO on Tax cut package of $958 B over 10 years. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on eliminating the Estate Tax ("death tax"). (Apr 2001)
  • Voted YES on eliminating the "marriage penalty". (Jul 2000)
  • Voted NO on $46 billion in tax cuts for small business. (Mar 2000)
  • 50-25-25 budget formula for debt-tax cuts-spending. (Feb 2001)
  • Rated 30% by NTU, indicating a "Big Spender" on tax votes. (Dec 2003)
Carol Moseley-Braun on Tax Reform
Former Democratic Senator (Until 1998): Click here for 3 full quotes OR click here for Carol Moseley-Braun on other issues.
  • Trickle-down shrinks middle class & entrenches wealth. (Sep 2003)
  • Roll back the tax cut to create peace and prosperity. (May 2003)
  • Voted NO on requiring super-majority for raising taxes. (Apr 1998)
Barack Obama on Tax Reform
Democratic incumbent President; IL Senator (2004-2008): Click here for 47 full quotes OR click here for Barack Obama on other issues.
  • Tax cuts won't help us compete with China; invest instead. (Oct 2012)
  • I've cut taxes for middle-class families & small businesses. (Oct 2012)
  • We need a tax code where everybody pays their fair share. (Sep 2011)
  • We cut taxes 25 times, for 95% of Americans. (Jan 2010)
  • FactCheck: Tax cut only helps 75% or workers, not 95%. (Feb 2009)
  • Yes, earmarks are abused, but small compared to tax cuts. (Sep 2008)
  • Trickle-down economics has failed. (Aug 2008)
  • Adjust capital gains tax up to where Reagan set it. (Aug 2008)
  • Tax cut for middle class and relief to struggling homeowners. (Jul 2008)
  • Expand the Earned Income Tax Credit. (Jul 2008)
  • Maintain the inheritance tax on wealthy. (Jul 2008)
  • Middle class tax cut helps offset rising cost of gas & food. (Jun 2008)
  • Under Bill Clinton, rich people didnít feel oppressed. (Apr 2008)
  • Stimulus package: $500 tax cut, & Social Security supplement. (Jan 2008)
  • Restore progressive tax; close loopholes; relief to seniors. (Oct 2007)
  • Tax incentives to create jobs at home instead of offshore. (Jun 2004)
  • Last thing we need now is a permanent tax cut. (Jan 2008)

    Taxing the Wealthy

  • Bring back the Clinton tax rate for income above $250,000. (Oct 2012)
  • It's unfair for a nurse to pay a higher tax rate than Romney. (Oct 2012)
  • 47% who don't pay income tax pay many other taxes. (Sep 2012)
  • No tax breaks for millionaires; GOP always wants tax cuts. (Sep 2012)
  • Buffett rule: millionaires pay minimum of 30% in taxes. (Jan 2012)
  • No across-the-board tax cuts for the wealthy. (Jan 2010)
  • Tax cuts for wealthy got us into the current deficit. (Jan 2010)
  • No $300 billion on tax cuts for those who donít need them. (Sep 2008)
  • Tax cut for 95% of all working families, not corporations. (Aug 2008)
  • I will raise CEO taxes, no doubt about it. (May 2008)
  • No tax increase if earning under $250K; tax cuts under $75K. (Apr 2008)
  • Raise capital gains tax for fairness, not for revenue. (Apr 2008)
  • Iím not bashful about it: wealthy will pay more taxes. (Jan 2008)
  • Trillion dollar giveaway: the Paris Hilton Tax Break. (Oct 2007)
  • Reduce Bush tax cuts to pay for health care & other programs. (Jun 2007)
  • Estate tax only affects the wealthiest 1/2 of 1%. (Oct 2006)
  • Bush tax cuts help corporations but not middle class. (Jun 2004)

    Voting Record

  • FactCheck: Voted for non-binding tax increase on $42K income. (Sep 2008)
  • GovWatch: didnít vote to raise taxes 94 times; at most 54. (Jul 2008)
  • Voted YES on increasing tax rate for people earning over $1 million. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted NO on allowing AMT reduction without budget offset. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted NO on raising the Death Tax exemption to $5M from $1M. (Feb 2008)
  • Voted NO on repealing the Alternative Minimum Tax. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted NO on raising estate tax exemption to $5 million. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted NO on supporting permanence of estate tax cuts. (Aug 2006)
  • Voted NO on permanently repealing the `death tax`. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted YES on $47B for military by repealing capital gains tax cut. (Feb 2006)
  • Voted NO on retaining reduced taxes on capital gains & dividends. (Feb 2006)
  • Voted NO on extending the tax cuts on capital gains and dividends. (Nov 2005)
  • Rated 100% by the CTJ, indicating support of progressive taxation. (Dec 2006)
Jack Ryan on Tax Reform
Former Republican Senate challenger (2004): Click here for the full quote OR click here for Jack Ryan on other issues.
  • Low tax rates drive economic growth. (May 2004)
Paul Simon on Tax Reform
Former Democratic Senator (Until 1997): Click here for the full quote OR click here for Paul Simon on other issues.
  • Consider a VAT value-added tax. (Jul 1996)
Melissa Bean on Tax Reform
Democratic Representative (IL-8): Click here for 5 full quotes OR click here for Melissa Bean on other issues.
  • Voted NO on extending AMT exemptions to avoid hitting middle-income. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted NO on paying for AMT relief by closing offshore business loopholes. (Dec 2007)
  • Voted YES on retaining reduced taxes on capital gains & dividends. (Dec 2005)
  • 50-25-25 budget formula for debt-tax cuts-spending. (Feb 2001)
  • Rated 0% by the CTJ, indicating opposition to progressive taxation. (Dec 2006)
Roland Burris on Tax Reform
Democratic Jr Senator (retiring 2010): Click here for Roland Burris on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Cardiss Collins on Tax Reform
Democrat (1973-1996) (District 7): Click here for Cardiss Collins on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Kathy Cummings on Tax Reform
Green Challenger: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Kathy Cummings on other issues.
  • Make taxes more progressive. (Aug 2008)
Rahm Emanuel on Tax Reform
Democratic Rep. (IL-5); Chief of Staff-Designee: Click here for 9 full quotes OR click here for Rahm Emanuel on other issues.
  • Overhaul tax code for those who NEED wealth. (Jan 2009)
  • Voted YES on extending AMT exemptions to avoid hitting middle-income. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted YES on paying for AMT relief by closing offshore business loopholes. (Dec 2007)
  • Voted NO on retaining reduced taxes on capital gains & dividends. (Dec 2005)
  • Voted NO on providing tax relief and simplification. (Sep 2004)
  • Voted NO on making permanent an increase in the child tax credit. (May 2004)
  • Voted NO on permanently eliminating the marriage penalty. (Apr 2004)
  • Rated 23% by NTU, indicating a "Big Spender" on tax votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Rated 100% by the CTJ, indicating support of progressive taxation. (Dec 2006)
Lane Evans on Tax Reform
Democrat (District 17): Click here for 12 full quotes OR click here for Lane Evans on other issues.
  • Voted NO on retaining reduced taxes on capital gains & dividends. (Dec 2005)
  • Voted YES on providing tax relief and simplification. (Sep 2004)
  • Voted NO on making permanent an increase in the child tax credit. (May 2004)
  • Voted NO on permanently eliminating the marriage penalty. (Apr 2004)
  • Voted NO on making the Bush tax cuts permanent. (Apr 2002)
  • Voted NO on $99 B economic stimulus: capital gains & income tax cuts. (Oct 2001)
  • Voted NO on Tax cut package of $958 B over 10 years. (May 2001)
  • Voted NO on eliminating the Estate Tax ("death tax"). (Apr 2001)
  • Voted NO on eliminating the "marriage penalty". (Jul 2000)
  • Voted NO on $46 billion in tax cuts for small business. (Mar 2000)
  • American People's Dividend: Give $300 to every person. (Feb 2001)
  • Rated 25% by NTU, indicating a "Big Spender" on tax votes. (Dec 2003)
Thomas Ewing on Tax Reform
Republican (District 15): Click here for 4 full quotes OR click here for Thomas Ewing on other issues.
  • Voted YES on eliminating the "marriage penalty". (Jul 2000)
  • Voted YES on $46 billion in tax cuts for small business. (Mar 2000)
  • Member of the Congressional Flat Tax Caucus. (Nov 2007)
  • Repeal marriage tax; cut middle class taxes. (Sep 1994)
Alexi Giannoulias on Tax Reform
2010 Democratic Senate Challenger; currently State Treasurer: Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Alexi Giannoulias on other issues.
  • Tax cuts for college tuition, homebuyers, & job creation. (Aug 2010)
  • Extend $8000 homebuyer credit; one-year payroll tax holiday. (Dec 2009)
Debbie Halvorson on Tax Reform
Democrat (until 2010) (District 11): Click here for the full quote OR click here for Debbie Halvorson on other issues.
  • Proposes Middle Class Tax Relief Package. (Nov 2008)
Phil Hare on Tax Reform
Democrat: Click here for 4 full quotes OR click here for Phil Hare on other issues.
  • Eliminate Bush tax cuts for earners over $200,000. (Nov 2006)
  • Voted YES on extending AMT exemptions to avoid hitting middle-income. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted YES on paying for AMT relief by closing offshore business loopholes. (Dec 2007)
  • American People's Dividend: Give $300 to every person. (Feb 2001)
Henry Hyde on Tax Reform
Republican (District 6): Click here for 13 full quotes OR click here for Henry Hyde on other issues.
  • Voted YES on retaining reduced taxes on capital gains & dividends. (Dec 2005)
  • Voted YES on providing tax relief and simplification. (Sep 2004)
  • Voted YES on making permanent an increase in the child tax credit. (May 2004)
  • Voted YES on permanently eliminating the marriage penalty. (Apr 2004)
  • Voted YES on making the Bush tax cuts permanent. (Apr 2002)
  • Voted YES on $99 B economic stimulus: capital gains & income tax cuts. (Oct 2001)
  • Voted YES on Tax cut package of $958 B over 10 years. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on eliminating the Estate Tax ("death tax"). (Apr 2001)
  • Voted YES on eliminating the "marriage penalty". (Jul 2000)
  • Voted YES on $46 billion in tax cuts for small business. (Mar 2000)
  • Phaseout the death tax. (Mar 2001)
  • Rated 60% by NTU, indicating "Satisfactory" on tax votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Repeal marriage tax; cut middle class taxes. (Sep 1994)
Mark Kirk on Tax Reform
Republican Jr Senator; previously Representative (IL-10): Click here for 20 full quotes OR click here for Mark Kirk on other issues.
  • Ending Bush tax cuts may cause double-dip recession. (Oct 2010)
  • Tax increase is surest way to turn recession into depression. (Dec 2009)
  • End marriage penalty & death tax; simplify tax code. (Sep 2000)
  • Voted YES on extending AMT exemptions to avoid hitting middle-income. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted NO on paying for AMT relief by closing offshore business loopholes. (Dec 2007)
  • Voted YES on retaining reduced taxes on capital gains & dividends. (Dec 2005)
  • Voted YES on providing tax relief and simplification. (Sep 2004)
  • Voted YES on making permanent an increase in the child tax credit. (May 2004)
  • Voted YES on permanently eliminating the marriage penalty. (Apr 2004)
  • Voted YES on making the Bush tax cuts permanent. (Apr 2002)
  • Voted YES on $99 B economic stimulus: capital gains & income tax cuts. (Oct 2001)
  • Voted YES on Tax cut package of $958 B over 10 years. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on eliminating the Estate Tax ("death tax"). (Apr 2001)
  • Phaseout the death tax. (Mar 2001)
  • Rated 58% by NTU, indicating "Satisfactory" on tax votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Rated 17% by the CTJ, indicating opposition to progressive taxation. (Dec 2006)
  • Taxpayer Protection Pledge: no new taxes. (Aug 2010)
  • Opposes both marriage penalty & federal tax increases. (Aug 2010)
  • Supports the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. (Jan 2012)
  • Implement socially fair, broad-based tax cuts. (Sep 1998)
Ray LaHood on Tax Reform
Republican Representative (IL-18): Click here for 16 full quotes OR click here for Ray LaHood on other issues.
  • Voted YES on extending AMT exemptions to avoid hitting middle-income. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted NO on paying for AMT relief by closing offshore business loopholes. (Dec 2007)
  • Voted YES on retaining reduced taxes on capital gains & dividends. (Dec 2005)
  • Voted YES on providing tax relief and simplification. (Sep 2004)
  • Voted YES on making permanent an increase in the child tax credit. (May 2004)
  • Voted YES on permanently eliminating the marriage penalty. (Apr 2004)
  • Voted YES on making the Bush tax cuts permanent. (Apr 2002)
  • Voted NO on $99 B economic stimulus: capital gains & income tax cuts. (Oct 2001)
  • Voted YES on Tax cut package of $958 B over 10 years. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on eliminating the Estate Tax ("death tax"). (Apr 2001)
  • Voted YES on eliminating the "marriage penalty". (Jul 2000)
  • Voted YES on $46 billion in tax cuts for small business. (Mar 2000)
  • Phaseout the death tax. (Mar 2001)
  • Rated 51% by NTU, indicating "Satisfactory" on tax votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Rated 20% by the CTJ, indicating opposition to progressive taxation. (Dec 2006)
  • Implement socially fair, broad-based tax cuts. (Sep 1998)
David Phelps on Tax Reform
Democrat (District 19): Click here for 7 full quotes OR click here for David Phelps on other issues.
  • Voted NO on $99 B economic stimulus: capital gains & income tax cuts. (Oct 2001)
  • Voted NO on Tax cut package of $958 B over 10 years. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on eliminating the Estate Tax ("death tax"). (Apr 2001)
  • Voted YES on eliminating the "marriage penalty". (Jul 2000)
  • Voted NO on $46 billion in tax cuts for small business. (Mar 2000)
  • 50-25-25 budget formula for debt-tax cuts-spending. (Feb 2001)
  • Phaseout the death tax. (Mar 2001)
John Porter on Tax Reform
Republican (retired) (District 10): Click here for 3 full quotes OR click here for John Porter on other issues.
  • Voted YES on eliminating the "marriage penalty". (Jul 2000)
  • Voted YES on $46 billion in tax cuts for small business. (Mar 2000)
  • Repeal marriage tax; cut middle class taxes. (Sep 1994)
Glenn Poshard on Tax Reform
Democrat (District 19): Click here for Glenn Poshard on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Steven Sauerberg on Tax Reform
Republican Challenger: Click here for 3 full quotes OR click here for Steven Sauerberg on other issues.
  • Enact the summer holiday gas tax. (May 2008)
  • Make the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts permanent. (May 2008)
  • Trust families with more of their own money. (Mar 2008)
Larry Stafford on Tax Reform
Libertarian challenger: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Larry Stafford on other issues.
  • Decrease overall taxation of the wealthy. (Mar 2008)
Jerry Weller on Tax Reform
Republican Representative (IL-11): Click here for 16 full quotes OR click here for Jerry Weller on other issues.
  • Voted NO on extending AMT exemptions to avoid hitting middle-income. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted NO on paying for AMT relief by closing offshore business loopholes. (Dec 2007)
  • Voted YES on retaining reduced taxes on capital gains & dividends. (Dec 2005)
  • Voted YES on providing tax relief and simplification. (Sep 2004)
  • Voted YES on making permanent an increase in the child tax credit. (May 2004)
  • Voted YES on permanently eliminating the marriage penalty. (Apr 2004)
  • Voted YES on making the Bush tax cuts permanent. (Apr 2002)
  • Voted YES on $99 B economic stimulus: capital gains & income tax cuts. (Oct 2001)
  • Voted YES on Tax cut package of $958 B over 10 years. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on eliminating the Estate Tax ("death tax"). (Apr 2001)
  • Voted YES on eliminating the "marriage penalty". (Jul 2000)
  • Voted YES on $46 billion in tax cuts for small business. (Mar 2000)
  • Phaseout the death tax. (Mar 2001)
  • Rated 64% by NTU, indicating "Satisfactory" on tax votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Rated 0% by the CTJ, indicating opposition to progressive taxation. (Dec 2006)
  • Repeal marriage tax; cut middle class taxes. (Sep 1994)
Sidney Yates on Tax Reform
Democrat (retired 1998) (District 9): Click here for Sidney Yates on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Rod Blagojevich on Tax Reform
Democratic IL Governor; previously Representative (IL-5): Click here for 7 full quotes OR click here for Rod Blagojevich on other issues.
  • Voted NO on making the Bush tax cuts permanent. (Apr 2002)
  • Voted NO on $99 B economic stimulus: capital gains & income tax cuts. (Oct 2001)
  • Voted NO on Tax cut package of $958 B over 10 years. (May 2001)
  • Voted NO on eliminating the Estate Tax ("death tax"). (Apr 2001)
  • Voted YES on eliminating the "marriage penalty". (Jul 2000)
  • Voted NO on $46 billion in tax cuts for small business. (Mar 2000)
  • $12B in federal economic stimulus as state block grants. (Jan 2008)

                                                                                                                                                                               
  


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