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Tonia Khouri seeks to put her experience saving millions of dollars for DuPage County residents to much-needed use in Springfield.
August 17, 2017 – After the Illinois General Assembly refused to cut spending or property taxes but, instead, increased state income taxes 32%, Aurora business owner and DuPage County Board member Tonia Khouri has announced her candidacy for Illinois State Representative of the 49th District, seeking to represent taxpayers in Springfield.
“Springfield’s appetite for our money is insatiable. Our families pay the highest property taxes in the nation, and the Chicago Democrats’ and Surrender Republicans’ answer was to burden us with a 32% income tax hike without any reforms,” said Khouri. “People are rightly frustrated and angry because they work hard and are punished for doing so.”
The 49th District includes parts of Geneva, St. Charles, Batavia and South Elgin in Kane County; West Chicago, Naperville (northwest) and Aurora (northeast) in DuPage County, and Bartlett in far northwest Cook County.
The state income tax hike will cost Kane County taxpayers an additional $223 million and DuPage County taxpayers an additional $557 million per year– money sent to politicians in Springfield who have proven they cannot manage it prudently.
Families in our communities–St. Charles ($1,769 per family), Geneva ($1,275), northeast Aurora ($1,197), northwest Naperville ($1,040), Batavia ($1,008), Bartlett ($916), South Elgin ($814) and West Chicago ($680) will all be asked to sacrifice more because our state politicians couldn’t behave responsibly.
“It’s time to represent the people’s interests. I’m going to Springfield to take on the politicians in power who have bankrupted our state and failed our families,” Khouri said. “It’s time we hold our elected officials accountable for their actions.”
Khouri opposes tax increases and believes governments should live within their means.
During Khouri’s tenure on the DuPage County Board, the county has cut its budget by $36.5 million and saved taxpayers an estimated $110M through shared services, joint procurement, and consolidation.
“That’s how you balance a budget – by cutting spending and reforming how government operates,” said Khouri. “I will bring these types of reforms to Springfield, along with courage, experience, and leadership needed to implement them.”
“I am focused on protecting quality of life for families and small businesses in our community. That means property tax relief, governmental reforms, and accountability in Springfield because cronyism, corruption, and unaccountability are hurting our families and killing our state.”
Raised in Glen Ellyn (DuPage County), Tonia Khouri is a small business owner, a wife, a mother, and a conservative reformer on the DuPage County Board. Tonia and her husband Joe started a home services company, Green T, with one man and one truck; they now serve over 27,000 customers in the Chicagoland area. Tonia and Joe have been married 25 years and have 3 children: Stephanie, Tony, and Paul.