Ty supports the Clean Energy Job Acts and has a growing concern about lakeshore beach erosion. Ty is a strong supporter of the expansion of public transportation, including micro-mobility. Ty supports the creation of a light-rail system in Chicago to supplement the Chicago EL system and to increase public transportation available in Chicago.
Illinois has to pass a constitutional amendment to pass meaning pension reform, and it should be down through the legislature. Illinois and local units of government can’t afford not to reform pensions. Now is the time to have a real discussion on the future of pensions in Illinois, and how other units of government will begin to reform pension for their future employees.
Ty supported the passaged of the amendment to the Lobbyist Registration Act. Ty believes these reforms will open the door to the public seeing the levels of influence members, lobbyists and industries have in Illinois. Ty looks forward to reviewing recommendations from the Joint Commission on Ethics and Lobbying Reform and hope it includes a full two-year ban of all state elected officials, and directors of statewide agencies from registering as a lobbyist.
The Fair Tax Amendment
Ty supports the Illinois Fair Tax Amendment. Illinois’ budgets have been balanced on the household incomes of working families along with fees and fines that are regressive. The Fair Tax allows Illinois to join other neighboring states in updating our tax code and provide adequate and fair funding in Illinois.
Ty strongly believes Illinois must work with the City of Chicago and Cook County, along with private industry to create jobs, expand and introduce industry, create affordable housing and create policies that make opening and operating a small business easier.
These policy changes increase the number of entities paying sales, payroll and property taxes and decrease our intense reliances on these taxes. Creating more opportunities for people to general tax dollars is the first step in creating more tax dollars to operate our State.
It is no secret that Illinois is partially in the state it is in because too many decisions were kicked down the road because no one wanted to deal with “now”. Ty Cratic believes it is time to think about creating opportunities that will yield growth down the road, not regret.
Real Estate Transfer Tax
Ty supports the Real Estate Transfer Tax but only if either the City of Chicago addresses where dollars will go after the budget hole has been filled or a sunset clause is passed in the law.
Taxing Retirement Income
This is a truly complicated issue, there are many retirees or those approaching retirement who are concerned about these types of taxes. Illinois does not currently tax any retirement income, and while Ty doesn't support taxing any type of retirement income currently, this includes pensions, IRAs, 401Ks or social security, he has expressed concerns.
Ty is concerned about large funds being transferred in deferred tax vehicles to avoid paying taxes. There are a number of smaller types of retirement income plans that are used for deferred tax plans, but Ty will not support taxing retirement income of any kind until the Fair Tax is implemented and the State works on pushing economic expansion and inclusion in communities on the West Side. Ty does not support taxing any retirement income based on taxable income either.
Parts of North Lawndale in the 9th District have not seen development in over 50 years, since the King race riots. Not just property taxes, but income and sales taxes are rising because development has been stagnant. If we widen our tax base by focusing on affordable housing, small business growth, attracting industry and improving education, we can provide relief for working families and single individuals with tax relief. If we don't take that route, we will be faced to continue to raise taxes on people who can't continue to afford it to the most vulnerable.
Elected School Board
The State must properly improve education funding. Ty supports an Elected School Board for Chicago Public Schools, implementing the creation of it with the Chicago Teachers Unions, charter school associations, parents, administrators, and their associations and students. This issue is solely about students and their education.
Ethics in Illinois
It's time to make Illinois work for us and the not people we send to serve us in Springfield. Ty has taken the strongest anti-corruption and ethics reform positions than any other candidate in this race for State Representative, and we're proud of that fact.
A Ban on Legislators as Lobbyist
Ty strongly believes and will support a complete ban on legislators serving as lobbyist to other units of government. This is the first step to ending corruption in Illinois.
Legislative Term Limits
Ty will fight to implement eight (8) year term limits for State House and Senate members, along with fair legislative drawn maps for more competitive elections.
An Independent Legislative Inspector General
Currently, the Legislative Inspector General, the person whose job it is to investigate potential corruption and harassment in Springfield, needs to be granted permission to do their job from members of the body they must investigate. That is unacceptable. Ty supports and will fight for an independent Legislative Inspector General.
Transparency in Contributions
Recent events have shown the need for increased transparency in political contributions to legislators from lobbyists is needed to end corruption in Springfield. Ty supports exposing political contributions from lobbyists to the sunlight.
We can make Illinois a place where people come to create jobs, raise a family and attend great schools. Corruption in Illinois has been an embarrassment to the people of this great state. It's time for that to change. It's time to make Illinois work for us.