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Libertarians to host Taxpayers United of America president

The president of Taxpayers United of America, Jim Tobin, has been invited to speak at the Illinois Valley Libertarian Party meeting Thursday, May 10.

The meeting is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. at Hank’s Farm, 2973 North Route 71, Ottawa.

Tobin will speak about the history of the group, and government pensions.

Tobin led the first successful property tax strike in modern Illinois history. The group has been victorious in defeating 423 tax-increase referenda, stopping 19 state income tax hikes, and defeating every attempt to enact a graduated state income tax in Illinois since 1992.

Tobin will talk about how the Illinois state pension system is abused, according to the Illinois Valley Libertarian Party.

More than 100,000 Illinois government retirees collect annual pensions totaling $50,000 or more. Roughly 17,000 of those former government employees collect annual pensions totaling $100,000 or more. The average annual Social Security pension for taxpayers is less than $17,000.

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