The Illinois Policy Institute has launched a billboard campaign urging state lawmakers to lower taxes and stop wasteful government spending. This week the Institute debuted its first billboard with the following message: "Read my lipstick: No new taxes." The billboard is located on I-55, approximately 16 miles south of Bloomington, near the exit for Atlanta, IL.
Nearly 20,000 vehicles drive past the billboard's location daily. The billboard is also along the route state lawmakers typically take on their way to Springfield from northeastern Illinois.
"On the road to Springfield and in the halls of the statehouse, lawmakers are inundated with requests for handouts from special interests, businesses and government entities," said Kristina Rasmussen, executive vice president at the Illinois Policy Institute. "By putting up this billboard, we hope to give voice to taxpayers who pay for these pet projects in higher taxes, and who are struggling in Illinois' faltering economy. It's time to lower taxes, and end the culture of wasteful spending that dominates Illinois."