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Poll supports call for property tax freeze in Illinois, group says

From Illinois Business Journal news services

NAPERVILLE — A poll released this week shows Illinois voters largely support a freeze in property taxes, even if it means potential cuts to local services.

In a poll conducted in eight of Illinois’ 59 Senate districts, residents were asked whether they supported a property tax freeze, and if they would support a legislator who supported a property tax freeze. The findings show that a strong majority of residents in all areas of the state support a property tax freeze, no matter their party alignment.

The Senate districts in which the poll was conducted included Districts 3, 23, 28, 31, 36, 48, 49 and 59. Of those the 48th is the only one touching on Southwestern Illinois. The poll was conducted on behalf of Americans for Prosperity, a national citizens network that supports free markets and less government. Tthe group has been pushing for a property tax freeze in Illinois.

Here are the poll results:

propertytaxfreezechartAFP Illinois State Director David From released the following statement in reaction to these findings:

“This polling confirms that Illinoisans are sick of property tax increases year after year. AFP Illinois is calling on state legislators to freeze these growth-killing taxes and provide Illinois families and businesses with some relief. The polling data shows that whether it is a rural, urban, or suburban district, taxpayers want a property tax freeze.”

AFP Illinois is currently running a campaign advocating for a property tax freeze and Gov. Rauner’s local reforms employing cable TV and online ads, mailers, and extensive grassroots activity to deliver their message.

Americans for Prosperity is a nationwide organization of citizen-leaders committed to advancing every individual’s right to economic freedom and opportunity. AFP believes reducing the size and intrusiveness of government is the best way to promote individual productivity and prosperity for all Americans. For more information, visit

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