News

Progress on Progressive Tax

Progress on Progressive Tax

The movement for a progressive, or graduated, income tax in Illinois is moving forward. Sponsoring State Sen. Don Harmon (D-Oak Park) announced that a House version of the bill has been introduced, while his own bill passed a Senate subcommittee.

“I don’t think it’s about haves and have-nots,”; said Harmon, asked about an emerging theme of the Democrats’ legislative and campaign agendas. “I think it’s about fairness. This is a fundamental issue of equity.”

The switch to the graduated tax, in which people who earn more pay taxes at a higher rate — a system used by other states and by the federal IRS — requires a constitutional amendment, approved by Illinois voters. Before it can get on the ballot, a three-fifths vote of each chamber of the legislature is required.

While the subcommittee passed Harmon’s bill, it did not pass other proposed amendments. One would impose term limits of ten years on lawmakers. The other would move inauguration day up from January to December and prohibit the lame-duck legislature from meeting between the election and the inauguration.

 

SJRCA 40 (progressive tax) has passed, and SJRCA 19 (term limits) and SJRCA 10 (lame duck) did not pass, the Senate Executive Subcommittee on Constitutional Amendments. SJRCA 40 advances to the Senate Executive

Committee.

Recent Headlines

3 hours ago in Local

Bomb Threat Unfounded at Butler Elementary School

Butler Elementary School

Butler Elementary School is back to normal after a bomb threat caused it to be evacuated for a short time Wednesday.

4 hours ago in Local

AP NewsBreak: Rauner Board Asked Builders to Lobby Lawmakers

Illinois Republican gubernatorial candidate businessman Bruce Rauner participates in a Republican gubernatorial candidate debate Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, in Springfield, Ill. The four Republican gubernatorial candidates said that they’ll be willing to work with unions if elected but differed on how to approach the relationship during a downstate debate that largely focused on pension reform, taxes and just briefly on personal issues that have dogged some of the candidates.

Good-government advocates are criticizing the head of an agency managing state construction projects for asking builders to lobby lawmakers to restore funding.

4 hours ago in Local

House Fails to Override Labor Arbitration Veto

5-18-16 Rally 1

The labor arbitration bill remains dead.

5 hours ago in Local

Another Leaders Meeting, Optimism Dissolving

capitol_north

The last days of session are a flurry of activity, if not progress.

5 hours ago in Local

Lawmakers Discuss Gun Ownership and Mental Health

gun

Illinois lawmakers have approved a measure designed to prevent people with mental disabilities from owning guns.