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​Illinoisans aged 50-plus oppose the prospect of a new tax on retirement income to fix the state’s budget crisis. They say that the lack of cooperation among Illinois elected officials, cuts to state funding for essential services for seniors, and the amount of state and local taxes are a problem for them.

Key findings include:

  • Nearly 90% of residents 50-plus in Illinois oppose the proposal to tax retirement income.

  • About 60% of residents 50-plus would move to another state if retirement income was taxed.

  • About 70% of residents say that cuts in state funding for essential services that allow seniors to stay in their homes and communities as they age is a major problem.

  • 87% say that lack of cooperation among Illinois elected officials is a major problem.

  • 66% say that the amount of state and local taxes they pay is a major problem.
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The AARP 2015 Illinois State Budget Survey was conducted in English by Precision Opinion from November 18-28, 2015 as a telephone survey among residents age 50 or older in the state of Illinois. The survey collected the opinions of Illinois residents on issues related to taxes, retirement income and the Illinois State budget crisis. For more information contact Cassandra Burton at