A Contrast on the Ballot

Jack Vrett

Vrett on Taxes & Inflation
  • Opposes increasing the gas tax.

  • Opposes tax hikes on working families.

  • Opposes the retirement tax and fought for retirees and taxpayers in court to oppose the progressive income tax & retirement tax amendment.

  • Opposes wasteful spending which hurts small businesses and adds to inflation.

  • Opposes pay raises for legislators and supports term limits and fair maps.

Vrett on Crime
  • Opposes the Kim Foxx agenda and has pledged to vote for HB5712, the law to recall Kim Foxx as our State’s Attorney.

  • Sounded the alarm on the “SAFE-T” Act and will fight to repeal provisions that threaten crime victims and police.

  • Opposes HB3447 and has vowed to crack down on drug dealers, gangs, and illegal guns in our neighborhoods and schools.

Mark Walker

Walker on Taxes & Inflation
  1. Voted to double the gas tax. 

  2. Voted to increase income taxes 66%.

  3. Sponsored the progressive income “Fair” tax amendment which was predicted to lead to a tax on retirement income and raise taxes on middle-class families.

  4. Voted for the largest state spending plan in history, adding to inflation.

  5. Supported pay raises for legislators and voted in favor of gerrymandered maps.

Walker on Crime
  1. Endorsed Kim Foxx as our State’s Attorney, calling her the “national example” of criminal justice reform.

  2. Voted for HB3653, the “SAFE-T” Act, which eliminates cash bail and endangers crime victims and police.

  3. Sponsored HB3447 which decriminalizes possession of drug dealer quantities of fentanyl and hard drugs to a misdemeanor.

Walker on Taxes & Inflation

Citations for Walker's Record

Walker & Crime
  1. SB1939, Increase to Motor Fuel Tax Act, Date of Vote: May 1, 2019.  Signed into law as PA 101-0032.

  2. Chicago Tribune, "More Choices for Illinois House," October 18, 2018. 

  3. SJRCA1, Date of Vote: May 27, 2019;
    - Tax Foundation article dated 10/6/20, "12 things to know about the fair tax;"
    - Illinois Policy Institute article dated 6/24/20, "Illinois Treasurer says 'fair tax' makes retirement tax more likely;" 
    - Daily Herald article dated 7/17/20 "Chamber chief: State needs to modify reopening plan" (quoting Treasurer Frerichs);

  4. The Civic Federation article dated 9/9/22 "State of Illinois Enacts $46.5 Billion FY2023 Capital Budget"
    - The Center Square, article dated 4/19/22 "Largest spending plan in Illinois history now law as critics see no reforms." 

  5. - HB2777 (concurrence with Senate Amendment 1), Date of Vote: May 28, 2021. Signed into law as PA-102-0010.
    - SB927, Date of Vote: August 31, 2021. Signed into law as PA-102-0663.
    - Illinois Policy Institute, article dated 6/4/21 "Illinois lawmakers give themselves $1,200 raise, double office budgets."
    - Illinois Policy Institute, article dated 4/20/22 "Illinois lawmakers increase salaries to 4th highest in U.S."
     

  1. Friends for Foxx (Kim Foxx Campaign) Press Release, January 1, 2020.

  2. House Bill 3653, "SAFE-T" Act. Date of Vote: April 3, 2019; Signed into law as PA 101-0652.
    - Daily Herald article dated 10/6/22, "Incumbent Walker defends SAFE-T Act, while challenger Vrett calls for repeal"

  3. HB3447. Date of Vote: April 20, 2021; Pending further action in the Illinois Senate.