NAPERVILLE, IL - Reacting to Sen. Kirk Dillard's acceptance of the endorsement by the Illinois Education Association in the Republican Gubernatorial primary, Americans for Prosperity Illinois State Director David From (photo right) expressed disappointment that any Republican candidate for office would ally himself with an organization actively advocating for higher taxes and opposing educational freedom.
"The IEA is leading the charge for the Progressive Income Tax hike, a policy Sen. Dillard claims to oppose," said From. "The IEA is also openly opposed to school choice and home schooling, while supporting the taxing of retirement income to fund public employees own pension funds. This organization is hostile to policies that promote greater economic freedom by letting taxpayers keep more of their money, while also working against more parental choice in their children's education."
As reported here at Illinois Review, the IEA Legislative Platform for 2013-14 declares that "education should be supported by a progressive tax" (484). It also states that it "supports state taxation of retirement (income)" (437). On issues of parental choice in education the Platform says it "opposes home schooling" (900) and opposes "all voucher plans" (489).
In addition, it was recently revealed that the IEA has contributed $500,000 to join with the Democratic Governors Association and other large public sector unions to fund attack ads aimed at altering the Republican primary.
"These positions advocated by the IEA and their partnership with the Democratic Governors Association's attack ads in the Republican primary are troubling to many of the voters Sen. Dillard has been courting throughout this election," continued From. "He should reassure Republican primary voters of his commitment to lower taxes and educational freedom by releasing his IEA Candidate Questionnaire and showing that special interest endorsements and money will not change his stand against higher taxes and for educational choice and home schoolers."