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August 12, 2014

Could Rauner freeze your property taxes?

Concerned about property taxes? Gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner says he has an answer.

Rauner, in a new robocall, is asking voters to digitally sign a petition at FreezeMyTaxes.com.

The Republican's site states: "Before any community increases property taxes, taxpayers deserve a detailed explanation as to how the money will be spent and the opportunity to approve the increase or turn it down. No more property tax hikes without taxpayer approval."

The site doesn't offer specifics on how Rauner's petition will accomplish that.

Izabela Miltko, a spokeswoman for Gov. Pat Quinn's campaign, said Rauner's overall tax plan would actually slash state funding to schools and cause property taxes to skyrocket.

"It's unfortunate, but not surprising, that Rauner would go to the length of robocalls to continue his deceptive campaign tactics," Miltko said.

In the robocall, Rauner tells voters: "Property taxes are out of control and Pat Quinn's done nothing about it."

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U.S. Reps. John Shimkus and Rodney Davis will both appear at three events Wednesday.

The two congressmen will hold a senior resources fair at 9:30 a.m. at Meridian Village in Glen Carbon. Then they will speak to employees at Cope Plastics in Alton at 12:15 p.m., though this event is not open to the public. Finally, they will give opening remarks at "Facebook Small Business Boost" at the Gateway Center at 1:30 p.m.

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The Illinois Education Association's political action committee, the Illinois Political Action Committee for Education, and the National Education Association's political action committee, the NEA Fund for Children and Public Education, has endorsed the re-election of United States Representative Rodney Davis.

"Congressman Rodney Davis has the right values and vision to continue to speak up in Congress for educators and students," said Cinda Klickna, president of the Illinois Education Association. "As a lawmaker who puts Illinoisans first, he understands the pressing issues facing our schools. He knows the important role education plays in preparing students for the jobs of tomorrow so that America can compete in the global marketplace."

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