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May 21, 2018

Rauner’s proposal to reinstate the death penalty is linked to gun control legislation supported by most Democratic lawmakers, including extending the waiting period for assault weapons from 24 to 72 hours. Also under consideration in the compromise deal is a ban on bump stocks for assault

May 10, 2018Chicago Reporter

After many years of struggle, it looks like momentum for progressive tax reform in Illinois is picking up. Democratic gubernatorial candidate J.B. Pritzker, who’s mounting a strong campaign, has backed a constitutional amendment to allow a progressive income tax, under which rates would be

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We've been hearing a lot of debate lately about the merits and demerits of a graduated, or "progressive," state income tax.

Illinois' constitution mandates a "non-graduated rate." Everybody from the poorest to the wealthiest currently sends 4.95 percent of their taxable personal income to

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May 2, 2018Chicago Sun-Times

The House Revenue and Finance Committee voted late Wednesday afternoon to back a resolution sponsored by Speaker Michael Madigan calling for Illinois to switch away from its flat rate income tax and replace it with a “fair and progressive income tax.”

The resolution says the Legislature

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April 30, 2018CapitolFax.com

The Center for Tax and Budget Accountability has a new report out about how a graduated income tax could be used to lower taxes for 98 percent of Illinoisans. Here’s the Tribune…

Under one model, the state would keep its current 4.95 percent rate for income of up to $300,000. It would

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April 30, 2018Chicago Tribune

*New tax idea: The Center for Tax and Budget Accountability is offering up models for a graduated tax system in Illinois.

The liberal-leaning group issued a report Monday saying Illinois’ current tax policy is “unfair” because the 4.95 percent flat tax rate for

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April 30, 2018Crain's Chicago Business

CTBA's report, "Cutting Taxes for the Middle Class and Shrinking the Deficit: Moving to a Graduated State Income Tax in Illinois," makes the case for a graduated rate state income tax in Illinois, and illustrates two possible rate structures that would accomplish each of three major objectives

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April 22, 2018WBBM Newsradio

Ralph Martire, Executive Director of the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability joins WBBM's Craig Dellimore on this week's At Issue.

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April 4, 2018WTTW Chicago Tonight

Big changes aimed at saving the Chicago Park District’s pension fund are a bust. A Cook County judge has struck down a 2014 overhaul deal as unconstitutional.

The reforms were supposed to bring in more money to the underfunded system by raising the retirement age and cutting benefits. But

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