Asked about the increases, which are just arriving in the mail, he said:
“For too long, a number of elected leaders — not just political — a number of people across the spectrum politically, denied, deferred and delayed the day of judgment. . . . I understand it’s not popular. But I have to weigh the politically unpopular against the fiscal irresponsibility of leaving four pensions unfunded. And I was upfront to people. I told ’em in both elections: `We have to fix this and do it in a responsible way.’ ”
The article in the Chicago Sun-Times notes that property owners are already calling with complaints about the tax increases.