Blagojevich Angry About Income Tax Hike

CHICAGO (CBS/WBBM) — The state’s 66 percent income tax hike has irked a number of people, including former Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

As WBBM Newsradio 780’s Mary Frances Bragiel reports, the deposed former governor claimed Gov. Pat Quinn, House Speaker Michael Madigan (D-Chicago) and Senate President John Cullerton (D-Chicago) “stuck it to the people” by raising income taxes.

LISTEN: Newsradio 780’s Mary Frances Bragiel reports

“Politicians in Springfield, they don’t get it. Their philosophy’s very simple. It’s not ‘What we can do for the people?’ Instead it’s ‘What can the people do for us?'”

Blagojevich said it’s the mind set of those in Springfield to help themselves rather than the voters.

Blagojevich is incensed by the state income tax hike, and the repeal of his program guaranteeing free rides for seniors on public transit.

He said instead of negotiating a tax hike, he would have reduced spending by cutting the state work force and increase taxes on casinos.

Blagojevich was also upset that laws weren’t passed to prevent “double-dipping,” that is, state pension enhancements that allow police officers and firefighters to effectively collect their full salary and pension before retiring.

He also said he wishes laws had been passed for ethics reform.

In the months after his arrest in December 2008, Blagojevich argued that Springfield conspired to get him out of the way specifically so they could raise taxes.

On WLS-AM radio in March 2009, Blagojevich said he and current Gov. Pat Quinn had made a promise not to raise taxes when they ran as a ticket with Quinn as lieutenant governor, and that Quinn was quick to talk about raising taxes when he got into office despite pleas by Blagojevich to keep the campaign promise.

A spokesman for Madigan called Blagojevich a “sociopathic fraud,” blaming him for a spending free for all during his tenure. He said that is exactly what led to the state’s nearly $15 billion deficit.

“I think it proves my point that I’m obviously right when they start calling me names and they can’t respond to the substance of the argument,” Blagojevich said.

The former governor said that, while waiting for his second trial to begin, he’s currently working on a second book.

  • My thoughts

    …only thing he needs to be angry about is the person who gave him that haircut……clown

  • Vetus

    People tend to blame Blagojevich for every problem in the state. Let’s not forget the recession that affected every state in the country.

  • jim r

    Even with all the bad he did he is roght on this one. Thanks to the voters of illinios who voted quinn in. He did a bait and switch and is a lier! Thanks votes for taking food out of my kids moth with this 66% tax increase.

  • coca blos

    Blagojevitch was right ! I would vote again for him. Madigan is a mafiot !! Quinn is a liar and so scared of Madigan !! OMG !!!!! Illinois- the most corrupt state in the USA!

  • terry

    Maybe Quinn will loan us money at no interest when we cant afford to pay our bills

  • Donna Levenson

    To Whom it may concern: Families and other people have to live within there means, why can’t government do the same? Who wants to live in a state, where , they do not have some sort of budget? Is this what government is all about spending the taxpayers money, when there is none left to spend? People are out of work, they do not need a huge tax increase like this. Donna

  • The Crazy One

    It is not Blagojevich who passed all the spending budgets in the past its the congress, so why blame this guy, because he’s considered fraud and they’re still in the office. They are correcting their own mistakes, since majority of them were in the office when Blagojevich presided..

  • Mike Leahy

    Blago is the lowest form of humanity. He and his wife deserve each other. Looking forward to seeing him go to prison.

  • Diane H

    Who cares what he thinks?

    • Gerri A

      Amen Diane H.

  • b

    I am no fan of Blago’s … However, I do believe that he is not alone in acquiring this billion dollar debt. We all know that. Everyone of the politicians pointing a finger at him has some budget reforms to make and some housekeeping to do. A 10 year freeze needs to be put on hiring and wages for all. The “big-shots” included. Revisions need to be made on these outrageous pensions they receive. Also, there needs to be some sort of waiting period before being allowed these priviledges … how about a sliding scale too. We have to put a stop to paying conviicted felons who are on leave but still work & get paid by the government (via the “constituents”) Double dipping at all levels needs to be stopped. The situation is not only toxic it is beyond rational thought. . STOP TALKING ABOUT IT AND GET IT TAKEN CARE OF. Why should the public have to pay for excesses of the government. POWER CORRUPTS AND IT IS DOING A GREAT JOB IN CHICAGO AND ILLINOIS.

  • Tom

    Remember all this talk when elections come up….This will never stop the greed and corruption but its a step. I also think Blago is nuts BUT Patti sure looks good in tight jeans.

  • John

    Rule#1 : Never Believe A Politician
    Rule#2 : It is always the guy who left’s fault until the next one leaves

    And one question: What happens when they take all the money from us as a people, and there isn’t any more?

    Look at your pay checks fokes, Notice your Fed Tax went up, Social Security went down, and next week State takes what Social Security didn’t. Net Result – WE the PEOPLE LOSE

  • Marti M.

    the only thing he can do now is to write another book, no one wants to hire the crook. and don’t buy his first book.

  • FR

    Blagojevich may have day dreamed out loud about wishing to make a little extra, but his actions were to serve the people well.

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