News

Tax Day Demonstrations Ask for Graduated Tax

Tax Day Demonstrations Ask for Graduated Tax

People mailing their tax returns Tuesday at several post offices in Illinois were greeted by supporters of moving the state to a progressive income tax.

At a demonstration outside of a Chicago post office, the message was “you could have had a tax cut” under a progressive state income tax, which would charge a higher rate on higher levels of income, like the federal tax.

Bob Galley of Chicago said many people that he spoke with needed an explanation of the progressive tax. “People are just learning they would get a tax cut this way,” Galley said. “94 percent of the people would get a tax cut under the bill that’s in Springfield right now.”

Legislation sponsored by State Sen. Don Harmon (D-Oak Park) has until May 1 to pass both the House and Senate, as a progressive income tax would require an amendment to the state’s Constitution to be approved by voters in November.

Demonstrations were held outside post offices yn Belleville, Chicago, Decatur, Joliet, and Rock Island.

 

Recent Headlines

in Local

Police Investigate Southtown Shooting; Accident at Dirksen & South Grand

accident_southgrand

Springfield Police are investigating a couple of east side incidents they say might be related.

in Local

Bel-Aire Motel a “Chronic Nuisance?” Not Necessarily.

BEL-AIRE

Slapping the Bel-Aire Motel with "chronic nuisance" violations could be easier said than done.

in Local

Bomb Squad Investigation into Springfield IED Begins

bomb-squad

The Secretary of State Police Bomb Squad has a daunting task on its hands -- gather information about a pipe bomb it nearly destroyed to prevent it from exploding.

in Local

Standoff Near Pana Injures Police Officer; Kills Gunman

pana_standoff_1

Several law enforcement agencies responded to what was a standoff near Pana in rural Christian County.

in Local

IPI: Illinois Pension Funding = Problematic

pension

The right-leaning “free market” advocacy group Illinois Policy Institute says new standards from GASB – the Government Accounting Standards Board – magnify the problem.