graduated income tax http://northernpublicradio.org en Graduated Income Tax Proposal Gains Traction http://northernpublicradio.org/post/graduated-income-tax-proposal-gains-traction <p>Advocates for a graduated income tax are making gains in the Illinois General Assembly. A Senate panel passed it out of committee. That plan appears to be gaining some support in the House, even after a different version of a graduated tax was nixed last week by a committee. Opponents say the proposal is bad for the business climate. Todd Maisch, with the Illinois Chamber of Commerce, points to Illinois' high unemployment rate.&nbsp; He says individuals and small businesses in a position to create jobs would be taxed out of the market.</p><p></p> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 10:09:52 +0000 Hannah Meisel 45508 at http://northernpublicradio.org Graduated Income Tax Proposal Gains Traction Lawmaker Calls For Graduated Income Tax http://northernpublicradio.org/post/lawmaker-calls-graduated-income-tax <p>Advocates have been moving for months to give Illinois a progressive income tax. Instead of the same flat rate for everyone, those who make more would pay more.</p><p></p><p>Backers of the plan argue most Illinoisans would get a tax cut.</p><p>Senator Don Harmon, a Democrat from Oak Park, says this provides the state a new choice, instead of extending the 2011 income tax hike or making deep cuts to services.</p><p>"We can continue an unfair, regressive tax at 5 percent, or we can cut government services, the services upon which folks rely by 20 percent across-the-board," Harmon said.</p> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 10:05:16 +0000 Hannah Meisel 45044 at http://northernpublicradio.org Lawmaker Calls For Graduated Income Tax Think tank urges Illinois constitutional change for fairer tax http://northernpublicradio.org/post/think-tank-urges-illinois-constitutional-change-fairer-tax <p>The leader of a not-for-profit think tank says now is the time for Illinois citizens to push their legislators toward a more fair tax system.</p><p> Wed, 27 Jun 2012 10:04:15 +0000 Susan Stephens 14023 at http://northernpublicradio.org Think tank urges Illinois constitutional change for fairer tax