Letter: What’s wrong with Illinois?

I’ve lived in McHenry for two years and I’ve found most residents to be friendly, engaging, respectful and responsive. However, I couldn’t afford to live here.

According to WalletHub, the average American homeowner pays 1.1% in property taxes. In the state of Illinois, the average homeowner pays 2.6%. In McHenry County, the average homeowner forks out 4%.

McHenry County has the fourth-highest property taxes in the state and the 35th highest in the U.S. (https://bit.ly/34XGtYU).

This is ridiculous and unacceptable.

I sent two articles to McHenry County Board Chairman Mike Buehler and to McHenry Mayor Wayne Jett who promised to lower property taxes in his 2017 campaign and he has yet to deliver. And I contacted state Sen. Craig Wilcox about these exorbitant tax rates.

The McHenry County Board has 26 commissioners who enjoy renaming streets after dead people and who rezone parcels – hoping that businesses might relocate here to bring new jobs. (The average number of county commissioners nationwide is 4-10.)

“Annual property taxation at 4% of a home’s value is absurd and amounts to government confiscation of McHenry County homes,” Michael Lucci of Illinois Policy said.

Illinois Republicans love to complain about high taxes; they dread the impending minority/majority population shift; and they are stuck on an ”American First” populist agenda while opposing LGBTQ+ rights and refusing to accept younger peoples’ more liberal norms and values.

The shrinking Republican base is running scared and the white working class is powerless to do anything about it.

The only thing some care about here is amassing a cache of handguns and AR-15s, most of which they don’t need. Many of the locals are paranoid, suspicious and subscribe to conspiracy theories such as QAnon.

Trump won the 2020 presidential election. There was no “widespread fraud.” (Biden received 81 million votes. Trump got 74 million. Trump lost.)

Illinois is the second most corrupt state in the nation. Is it any surprise that thousands of people are fleeing to warmer, lower-tax states such as Arizona, Nevada, Utah and even Idaho and Montana?

Don’t blink, you might miss the caravan of U-Hauls heading south and west.

Thomas Rockman Jr.