Jim Tobin | President

In 1976, Jim Tobin founded Taxpayer Education Foundation (TEF), which has become one of the largest taxpayer organizations in the country. He has appeared on hundreds of radio and TV programs including ABC, CBS, FOX, WGN and NBC news programs. His tax-cutting activities have been the subject of articles by major media including the Chicago Tribune, The New York Times, Washington Post, Newsweek, U.S. News and World Report, and the USA Today.

Tobin received an M.A. in International Economics from Northern Illinois University. He worked for nine years as a Federal Reserve Bank Examiner, specializing in international finance. Tobin was one of the first economic experts to predict the collapse of Continental Bank and to warn of the dangerous extension of credit by U.S. banks to bankrupt foreign governments. From 1979 to 1999, Tobin taught economics at Elmhurst College. Tobin gained notoriety in 1977, leading the first successful property tax strike in Illinois history. Subsequently, his organization has saved taxpayers more than $100 billion. In 2002, Tobin ran for Lieutenant Governor of Illinois, representing the Libertarian Party of Illinois.

Matthew Schultz | Executive Director

Matthew Schultz is Executive Director of Taxpayer Education Foundation. Matthew graduated University of Wisconsin Whitewater with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree. Matthew is a firm believer in limited government, and a strong opponent of taxes.

Rae Ann | Director of Research

Rae Ann McNeilly is the Director of Research for Taxpayer Education Foundation. She began at TEF as a volunteer and was asked to join the staff in an official capacity in 2011 as Director of Outreach. Rae Ann was instrumental in making TEF’s national pension tour a success in the subsequent years. Rae Ann has analyzed government pension data and policy in 20 states, having personally visited and exposed government pensions in 17 states since 2011. With her vision and expertise, TEF moved beyond an Illinois-centric organization into one that educates taxpayers across the country. Although she tried to retire, she just couldn’t stay away as her passion for our mission still burned intensely so she has taken a lower profile role as our Director of Research. Rae Ann served as Executive Director from 2013 – 2016.

3 Responses

  1. September 10, 2012

    […] Jim Tobin, president of Chicago-based Taxpayers United of America, an organization that advocates for tax relief and responsible use of tax money, said the average teacher pay in the Chicago public schools is $76,000, not including employee benefits or pensions. […]

  2. October 3, 2012

    […] Before 2009, my roles in life were to be a husband, father and business owner. I entered local government affairs because I was fed up with the consistent increase in taxes from the different bodies which can levy our property. The township schools take the biggest chunk since they have budgets that go into the hundreds of millions, most of which is for teacher and administrator salaries, which are discussed in a book called Illinois Pension Scam by Bill Zettler. […]

  3. May 28, 2013

    […] Illinois we can ask for individual pension information, and we did get in a timely basis,” said Jim Tobin, founder and president of Chicago-based Taxpayers United of […]

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