Lt. Gov. Race: Cook Earns Nat’l Taxpayers United of Ill. Endorsement

From the Dennis Cook campaign:

(Orland Park, IL ) – Lowering taxes is something Republican Lt. Governor candidate Dennis Cook is committed to, and this promise has earned him an endorsement from Tax Accountability.

“In recognition of your exceptional desire to fight taxes and support economic growth, Tax Accountability endorses you for the Feb. 2, 2010 primary election,” the political action arm of National Taxpayers United of Illinois (NTUI) said in its endorsement.

Cook announces this endorsement the day after Moody’s Investors Service downgraded Illinois’ general obligation bond rating. “The downgrades are the result of high structural imbalances and little time to effect modifications to the budget in the current fiscal year, which ends June 30, 2010, as well as evidence of significant weakening in the state’s 2009 results,” Moody’s said in a statement.

“We are facing serious challenges here in Illinois. After years of scandal and mismanagement, we have a state teetering on the brink of economic collapse, and the voters of Illinois have become increasingly apathetic,” said Cook.

“It’s time for new leadership in our party and in our state. I have something to bring to the table, a fresh face, and I will open up the lines of communication,” he said.

Cook signed Tax Accountability’s Illinois Taxpayer Protection Pledge. Tax Accountability sends out tax questionnaires to people running for office and asks them to sign its Illinois Taxpayer Protection Pledge.
Not everyone who fills out the questionnaire and signs the pledge gets endorsed, said Jim Tolbin, President. Those who are known tax raisers do not get endorsed, said Tolbin, no matter what they said on the questionnaire or if they sign the pledge.

“Fiscal responsibility is important not just to me, but to our state,” said Cook. “I believe lowering taxes will bring businesses and jobs back to Illinois.”

Dennis Cook is a Republican candidate for Illinois Lt. Governor. Cook is President of the Consolidated District 230 Board of Education. To learn more about his campaign please visit

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