CHICAGO - In a state not plagued by voter apathy and disillusionment, the controlling political party would be in a panic mode after seeing stats like those pertaining to the state's mood released within the past month from Gallup. But are Illinois Democrats concerned that 2014 could be a "throw the bums out" election year?
- 25 Percent Of Illinois Residents Say Illinois Is The Worst Possible State To Live, The Highest Percentage Of Any State, “Illinois has the unfortunate distinction of being the state with the highest percentage of residents who say it is the worst possible place to live. One in four Illinois residents (25%) say the state is the worst place to live, followed by 17% each in Rhode Island and Connecticut.”
- Only 28 Percent Of Illinois Residents Trust State Government “A Great Deal” Or “A Fair Amount,” The Lowest Level Of Trust Of Any State. “Illinois residents trust their state government to handle their state's problems far less than residents in any other state. Twenty-eight percent of Illinois residents trust their state government "a great deal" or "a fair amount." In contrast, at least 75% of North Dakota, Wyoming, and Utah residents trust their state governments.”
- 71 Percent Of Illinois Residents Say Their Taxes Are Too High, The Fourth Highest Percentage In The Nation.
By reading the plans and hearing Democrats talk, instead, Illinois Democrats are pushing ahead with income tax increases, constitutional amendments to change Illinois' flat tax system to a graduated one, and proposing to retain a 67% tax hike they promised in 2011 would be "temporary."
Illinois Republicans - in the minority in the state legislature, as well as powerless in the state's executive branch- offered no solutions when pushing out the disturbing Gallup poll results.