Gov. Pat Quinn is talking about giving more money from the income tax to cities. Cities now get 6 percent of state income tax, distributed based on population. It used to be 10 percent, but when the income tax rate went up in 2011, the portion that’s shared went down to keep the dollar amount the same.
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Quinn says he’s open to raising the percentage now, in an effort to keep a lid on property tax, which he characterizes as a regressive tax. “I think that’s a good way to help local units of government reduce their reliance on property taxes. That has to be one of our foremost missions in Illinois. The property tax collects more money every year than the income tax and sales tax combined,” he said.
Quinn says he’ll discuss with mayors how much their share will go up. The income tax increase will expire at the end of this year, with the rate scheduled to fall to 3.75 percent, but the governor is seeking new legislation to make the 5 percent rate permanent.