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by Aricka Flowers
Tue Apr 29, 2014

Illinois Senate Adjourns Leaving Fair Tax Act Untouched, Kills Term Limit Amendment

The Illinois Senate has adjourned for the day, leaving the Fair Tax Act untouched. Meanwhile, the GOP-backed amendment to impose term limits on state lawmakers died in the chamber Tuesday.

Despite a large rally by Illinoisans calling for a chance to vote on the Fair Tax Act and attempts by sponsor State Sen. Don Harmon (D-Oak Park) to drum up support in the House, the amendment was not called up for a vote in the Senate. The amendment, which would have installed a progressive income tax in the state, had to pass through the Senate today in order to even potentially meet the deadline to make it onto the November ballot.

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Tue Apr 29, 2014

Guest Post: As Lawmakers Make Final Decision On Fair Tax, Illinoisans Deliver Message To Springfield: 'Let the Voters Decide'

The following guest post is from A Better Illinois, an organization "working to restore our state’s commitment to accountability, fairness and a strong middle class."

Senate expected to vote on Fair Tax Act today; citizens from all corners of the state demand a ‘YES’ vote from legislators in both chambers to put Fair Tax on November ballot

An enthusiastic crowd of over 1,000 - waving signs that read “Let Voters Decide” and “Fair Tax = Tax Cut,” while chanting “we want a vote” and “Fair Tax now” – gathered today at the state capitol.  With just 72 hours until the deadline to pass the Fair Tax Act, they demanded lawmakers vote ‘YES’ on resolutions that would put the Fair Tax on the November ballot. A Fair Tax – with lower rates for lower incomes and higher rates for higher incomes – is supported by 77% of Illinois voters.

DeAundra Tunstall, a child care provider from the Metro East area, attended today’s rally and pleaded with legislators to give citizens a vote.  “Please help us fight to put this on the ballot for November,” she said.

The tax relief provided with a Fair Tax would help her clients put food in their refrigerators and purchase other necessities, she added.

Dan Montgomery, President of the Illinois Federation of Teachers and a high school English teacher of seventeen years, told the crowd of a recent visit to an East St. Louis school, which did not have enough textbooks for their students. 

“If there are 28 kids in a class, you ought to have 28 textbooks. Those textbooks shouldn’t be ripped and torn, without covers.  Those textbooks shouldn’t be 10 years old,” said Montgomery.  “This is injustice and it’s built into our tax system. It’s built into an unfair, inequitable, and unjust tax system…There’s a solution.  Let the people decide.”

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by Ellyn Fortino
Fri Apr 25, 2014

Chicago City Council's Progressive Reform Coalition To Push For $15 Minimum Wage

While legislation to lift the state's minimum wage has been pending in the legislature for some time now, Chicago Ald. Roderick Sawyer (6th) said he and his fellow Progressive Reform Coalition council members are working to drum up support for a $15 minimum wage in the city.

At a minimum wage forum Thursday night hosted by Action Now’s “Faith in Action” coalition in Chicago's South Shore neighborhood, Sawyer said the council's progressive caucus is looking to put forward a $15 minimum wage ordinance, though the details are still in the works. 

The first step, Sawyer said, is to get more aldermen and residents involved in the discussion.

"I think (raising the minimum wage is) a basic level of respect to your constituents that are working out here hard," he told Progress Illinois. "I was at one function where a young lady worked 10 years at McDonald's and she talked about how she can't even afford the food to eat where she works. So it's frustrating, and we need to get these wages to a level where they are respectable to the citizens."

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by Ashlee Rezin
Tue Apr 15, 2014

On Tax Day, Activists Urge Illinoisans To Support A Graduated Income Tax (VIDEO)

Considering taxes are on the minds of many today, activists gathered outside of a downtown Chicago post office to campaign for a graduated income tax rate in Illinois.

“This flat tax that people in this state are burdened with right now is totally unfair and makes the poor and middle class pay more in taxes than people who can really afford it,” said Bob Gallie, a volunteer for A Better Illinois.

Gallie was one of a handful of activists with the statewide coalition who passed out literature in Federal Plaza, 230 S. Dearborn St., Tuesday afternoon, urging people to support a “fair” tax, which would implement higher tax rates for those with higher income levels, and lower rates for people who bring in less income.

With the use of the group's Illinois Fair Tax Calculator, activists were able to show people passing through the plaza that they could likely save money on their taxes if the state had a progressive tax rate.

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by Ellyn Fortino
Tue Apr 15, 2014

Illinois Social Service Providers Brace For A 'Tough' Budgetary Year

The philanthropic and non-profit community in Illinois is bracing itself for what is expected to be a "painful" budgetary year.

"It's going to be tough," said Valerie Lies, president and CEO of the Donors Forum, a member association working to strengthen the state's philanthropic and non-profit sector. "I feel like we haven't even started to dig ourselves out, and I think [this] gubernatorial election will be an important one."