What They Are Saying: Lt. Gov. Sanguinetti and Republican Legislators Gather in Carbondale to Slam Pritzker’s Tax Hike Agenda

Are you ready to fight for Illinois with Bruce? Join our team.
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Yesterday, Lieutenant Governor Evelyn Sanguinetti was joined by State Senators Paul Schimpf and Dale Fowler and State Representatives Terri Bryant and Dave Severin in Carbondale to discuss the devastation JB Pritzker’s tax hike agenda would cause Illinois’ rural communities.

Check out some of the local coverage:

The Southern:

Lt. Gov. Evelyn Sanguinetti and Republican-elected officials held a news conference Tuesday at the Carbondale Civic Center to explain why they believe a progressive tax, as proposed by gubernatorial candidate J.B. Pritzker, is a bad idea.

They lambasted Pritzker for not providing specifics for his progressive tax plan beyond saying he would rely on the General Assembly’s knowledge and guidance.


State and local Republicans gathered in Carbondale Tuesday afternoon to campaign for incumbent governor Bruce Rauner and attack challenger JB Pritzker.

“As families, we do what we have to do, which is live within our means,” said Illinois Lt. Governor Evelyn Sanguinetti, who was among the group.

The lawmakers attacked the Democratic governor candidate’s plan for a progressive income tax, where the higher the income, the higher the rates.

While Pritzker has claimed his tax plan won’t raise taxes on anyone except the highest earners, he hasn’t released any specifics. 


Despite pressure from reporters across the state, JB Pritzker has yet to tell voters how high he would raise taxes on Illinois families. He claims his plan will only raise taxes on the wealthy, but with Pritzker’s proposals to drastically increase spending, the math simply does not add up.

Capitol Fax’s Rich Miller has updated his estimate for Pritzker’s spending proposals to $10.7 billion.

Capitol Fax:

My “guesstimate” last month for Pritzker’s proposed spending figured he’d increase K-12 by about $500 million. If we take Pritzker at his word, my guess was too low by maybe $5 billion.

So my earlier guesstimate of $5.7 billion for new net revenue needs should be revised upward to $10.7 billion.