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Dean D.: We are seriously considering moving out of Illinois for this reason.

Dean D., Grayslake, IL, Present Value (2018), $189075, Property Taxes (2000), $3415, Property Taxes (2017), $7084, Total Taxes Paid, $86126, , , , ,“We are seriously considering moving out of Illinois for this reason.”​

Richard M.: I’m homeless—that’s how it’s impacted my life.

Richard, Chicago, IL, Present Value (2018), $113280, Property Taxes (2000), $1038, Property Taxes (2017), $1991, Total Taxes Paid, $27874, , , , , “I’m homeless—that’s how it’s impacted my life.”​

Mike L.: I get no direct benefit from 75 percent of my property tax bill.

Mike L., Rolling Meadows, IL, Purchase (inflation adj), $640000, Present Value (2018), $406450, Property Taxes (2005), $8068, Property Taxes (2017), $11337, Total Taxes Paid, $132474, , , “I get no direct benefit from 75 percent of my property tax bill.”​

Stephen D.: The 1 percent hard cap would be awesome.

Stephen D., Wayne, IL, Present Value (2018), $627270, Property Taxes (2000), $9764, Property Taxes (2017), $18155, Total Taxes Paid, $295811, , , , , “The 1 percent hard cap would be awesome.”

Manny T.: I’ve been looking at houses in other states.

Manny T., Gurnee, IL, Purchase (inflation adj), $270000, Present Value (2018), $332262, Property Taxes (2017), $9745, Total Taxes Paid, $9745, , , , , “I’ve been looking at houses in other states.”

Gary R..: I will never buy something again in Illinois.

Gary R., Carpentersville, IL, Purchase (inflation adj), $355000, Present Value (2018), $429618, Property Taxes (2002), $8674, Property Taxes (2017), $14689, Total Taxes Paid, $199988, , , “I will never buy something again in Illinois.”​

Gary H.: There’s really no hope for those of us who are trapped in our houses by the Illinois taxing bodies.

Gary H., Lake in the Hills, IL, Purchase (inflation adj), $437500, Present Value (2018), $282105, Property Taxes (2007), $8565, Property Taxes (2017), $10423, Total Taxes Paid, $97289, , , “There’s really no hope for those of us who are trapped in our houses by the Illinois taxing bodies.”​

Karen B.: I’m wondering how long I’m going to be able to stay here.

Karen B., Montgomery, IL, Present Value (2018), $153171, Property Taxes (2002), $3110, Property Taxes (2017), $5155, Total Taxes Paid, $68509, , , , , “I’m wondering how long I’m going to be able to stay here.”​

Betty D.: I feel like everybody is struggling and it needs to change on where the taxes are going.

Betty D., Brookfield, IL, Purchase (inflation adj), $110000, Present Value (2018), $222320, Property Taxes (2006), $3035, Property Taxes (2017), $6582, Total Taxes Paid, $54394, , , “I feel like everybody is struggling and it needs to change on where the taxes are going.”​

Tony D.: I’m feeding someone else’s retirement but I can’t save for my own.

Tony D., Geneva, IL, Purchase (inflation adj), $215000, Present Value (2018), $250158, Property Taxes (2012), $6862, Property Taxes (2017), $7394, Total Taxes Paid, $42084, , , “I’m feeding someone else’s retirement but I can’t save for my own.”​

Pat D.: I would be out of Illinois in a heartbeat if I could.

Pat D., Colona, IL, Present Value (2018), $104667, Property Taxes (2001), $1312, Property Taxes (2017), $3447, Total Taxes Paid, $38333, , , , , “I would be out of Illinois in a heartbeat if I could.”​

Lisa K.: It’s too expensive and I can’t afford it anymore.

Lisa K., Downers Grove, IL, Purchase (inflation adj), $565000, Present Value (2018), $666270, Property Taxes (2005), $8469, Property Taxes (2017), $11637, Total Taxes Paid, $126890, , , “It’s too expensive and I can’t afford it anymore.”​

Tony S.: “We’ve been lied to as taxpayers.”

Tony S., Park Ridge, IL, Purchase (inflation adj), $475000, Present Value (2018), $449770, Property Taxes (2002), $8493, Property Taxes (2017), $11854, Total Taxes Paid, $171169, , , “We’ve been lied to as taxpayers.”

Mary P.: I really like it here, but if they force my hands I’ll have to go.

Mary P., Chicago, IL, Present Value (2018), $348130, Property Taxes (1999), $3977, Property Taxes (2017), $4331, Total Taxes Paid, $88577, , , , , “I really like it here, but if they force my hands I’ll have to go.”​

Brian A.: There is no opportunity here and it’s getting more expensive to live here.

Brian A., New Windsor, IL, Present Value (2018), $262400, Property Taxes (2003), $1536, Property Taxes (2017), $7175, Total Taxes Paid, $61936, , , , , “There is no opportunity here and it’s getting more expensive to live here.”​

Elizabeth H..: “If I could afford to move out, I would.”

Elizabeth H., Colona, IL, Present Value (2018), $97410, Property Taxes (2008), $2422, Property Taxes (2017), $3184, Total Taxes Paid, $29727, , , , , “If I could afford to move out I would.”​

Andrew R.: After [Illinois] passed the income tax hike, I was done. I had to leave.

Andrew R., Beecher, IL, Purchase (inflation adj), $205000, Present Value (2018), $188454, Property Taxes (2013), $5487, Property Taxes (2017), $5650, Total Taxes Paid, $27927, , , “After [Illinois] passed the income tax hike, I was done. I had to leave.”​

Robert G.: We were paying $1,000 a month in property tax.

Robert G., Grayslake, IL, Purchase (inflation adj), $380000, Present Value (2018), $348933, Property Taxes (2009), $11597, Property Taxes (2016), $12679, Total Taxes Paid, $95338, , , “We were paying $1000 a month in property tax.”

Susan D.: “The system is so corrupt and the people who work for the system have no desire to fix it.”

Susan D., Mount Prospect, IL, Present Value (2018), $335840, Property Taxes (1999), $3703, Property Taxes (2017), $4824, Total Taxes Paid, $99452, , , , , “The system is so corrupt and the people who work for the system have no desire to fix it.”

Adrian M.: If I were able to find a job outside of Illinois I would leave.

Adrian M., East Moline, IL, Purchase (inflation adj), $145000, Present Value (2018), $171834, Property Taxes (2016), $5396, Property Taxes (2017), $5446, Total Taxes Paid, $10842, , , “If I were able to find a job outside of Illinois I would leave.”​