Jason Plummer, the Republican nominee for the 12th U.S. House District, continues to refuse to release his personal tax returns, one day after Democratic opponent Bill Enyart released his federal tax returns from 2001 to 2011.
"My opponent seems to be a lot more interested in my income than the lack of income of thousands of families throughout the district because of the failed policies of President Obama and Nancy Pelosi," Plummer said in a statement issued Friday afternoon.
Enyart, a Belleville lawyer and former commander of the Illinois National Guard, released his returns Thursday afternoon.
"In the interest of transparency and open government, I am releasing my tax returns today and calling on my opponent to do the same thing," Enyart said in a statement.
In April, Enyart and his wife, Annette Eckert, a retired St. Clair County Circuit Court judge, filed a joint 2011 tax return that shows the couple earned a combined income of $380,587.
The Enyarts paid $104,864 in joint federal income taxes on their gross income, according to a copy of their 2011 tax return provided to the News Democrat. They reported overpaying $14,584 in federal income taxes and sought a refund of $9,584, according to their return.
An earlier News-Democrat story, both online and in print, had misstated the amount of taxes the Enyarts paid in 2011.
In November, voters will choose Enyart or Plummer to replace longtime U.S. Rep. Jerry Costello, D-Belleville, who is retiring after more than two decades on Capitol Hill.