A “taxpayer revolt rally” is set to take place next Wednesday in Collinsville in opposition to what organizers say are “extreme taxes” being proposed as solutions to the state’s disastrous financial situation.
Annie Frey, host of The Annie Frey Show on FM NewsTalk 97.1, and lifetime Madison County resident, is leading the effort to bring taxpayers together to send a message to politicians considering a 1 percent statewide property tax, a vehicle miles traveled (VMT) tax and a progressive income tax system.
“Taxpayers in the metro-east were forced to absorb a 32 percent tax hike in 2017,” Frey stated in a release. “Now politicians in Springfield want us to swallow these job-killing taxes while they enrich themselves with pay raises and power.”
The rally will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Oct. 24 at the American Legion Post 365.
Madison County GOP chairman Jeremy Plank indicated that Gov. Bruce Rauner as well as several state candidates supporting the effort will attend, including House candidates Avery Bourne, Dwight Kay, Mike Babcock, Doug Jameson and Jason Madlock, and Senate candidates Hal Patton and Jason Plummer.
Plank said that congressmen Mike Bost and John Shimkus also will attend the rally.
“We are going to be joined by those… that are fighting for you, the taxpayer,” Frey stated. “These men and women are committed to fight against the Madigan machine and against corruption. But it doesn't happen without you.”