A flyer mailed out last week, attacking Candance Chow, a candidate for State Representative of the 17th District, said it was paid for by “Friends For Jennifer.JGG_C_10, 1926 Waukegan Rd., Glenview, IL 60025,” – or most likely by supporters of candidate Jennifer Gong-Gershowitz. The flyer says, “Chow opposed a bill that would require the ultra-wealthy and big business to pay their fair share.” In small print at the bottom, the flyer referenced Ms. Chow’s facebook page and Senate Bill 851.
Senate Bill 851 would have imposed a two-year property tax freeze on local governments, including school districts, in Cook County and the collar counties. In addition it would have increased the Senior Homestead Exemption and the general homestead exemption for residents outside of Cook County.
In an October 2017 post on her facebook page, Ms. Chow said she opposed SB 851 because it would make drastic cuts in funding for school districts and education. She said that Laura Fine, current State Representative for the 17th District, and the Illinois Education Association opposed the bill.
A two-year property tax freeze, would cut School District 65’s operating revenues by about $2.5 million in the first year, and then, because of the way property tax caps work, by about $5 million in each subsequent year. School District 202 would lose significant amounts as well.
The flyer also says that Ms. Chow “opposes progressive tax reforms that will benefit seniors and veterans. Ms. Chow says she has “made a progressive income tax a cornerstone of her campaign platform.”
Ms. Chow said in a prepared statement the flyer is misleading.
According to recent information posted on Illinois Sunshine website, the Democratic Majority Political Party Committee, chaired by Michael Madigan, has contributed more than $70,000 in in-kind contributions to Ms. Gong-Gershowitz, and Friends of Michael Madigan have contributed more than $5,000.