Letter: 'Rain tax' is unconstitutional, reader says

Published: Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013 3:07 p.m. CDT

Our politics has reached a new low when the elected representatives who have sworn to uphold the Illinois State Constitution and the U.S. Constitution choose to ignore it.

The Illinois General Assembly passed House Bill 1522 – the rainwater tax – and Governor Quinn then signed it in July. This law applies only to Peoria and DuPage counties. Whereas the taxpayers in Peoria will vote whether to accept this tax, DuPage residents do not have the same opportunity, according to the law.

This law does not provide equal protection, therefore, it is unconstitutional.

These lawmakers have violated our trust and their fiduciary responsibility to those they were elected to protect.

The law was sponsored by Ronald Sandack, Mike Fortner, Darlene Senger and promoted by County Board Chairman Dan Cronin and the DuPage County Stormwater Committee. This is another source of revenue for these tax and spenders. Remember this when you vote in March 2014. The voting booth is our only method of limiting their terms in office.

Laurel Q. Bowen, Downers Grove

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