A push is on to change Illinois’ income tax structure to a graduated system, like the one used at the federal level. A group called A Better Illinois boasts 150,000 petition signatures and a consensus of support. “Poll after polls show that what people in Illinois want from state government is health care, human services, education, and public safety,” said John Bouman, president of the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law.
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“That consensus has not been supported, though, by an accountable revenue system that can support it, and that is fair, and that asks people to support these priorities according to their ability to pay.” Each chamber in the General Assembly has one version of the progressive tax in the form of a proposed constitutional amendment, though neither has been assigned to a committee for debate.