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Failure to Pass Fair Tax Amendment Will Take High Human Toll in Illinois

Failure to Pass Fair Tax Amendment Will Take High Human Toll in Illinois

The House failed to bring the Fair Tax Amendment (HJRCA 59) to a vote, missing the deadline for placing it on the ballot for the upcoming November elections. The Fair Tax amendment, that would have allowed voters to vote on a constitutional amendment to implement a progressive income tax, enjoyed massive public support in both Democratic and Republican districts. By not taking up the amendment, Governor Rauner and House Republicans allowed Illinois to continue to head in the wrong direction.
The Peoples Agenda, a path to prosperity for all IL families

The Peoples Agenda, a path to prosperity for all IL families

Counter to the narrative coming out of the Governor’s office, the People’s Agenda points out that the state of Illinois is not spending too much, but rather is spending too little. Illinois has the 5th largest economy in the country and is the 13th wealthiest state, yet ranks 47th in spending across K-12 education, higher education, healthcare, public safety, and human services.
Failure of Emanuel Administration to Push Through Swap Payments a Victory for Working Families

Failure of Emanuel Administration to Push Through Swap Payments a Victory for Working Families

The Emanuel Administration’s plan to voluntarily pay $106 million in predatory interest rate swap termination penalties failed to gain City Council approval Wednesday. Thanks to the bold efforts of the Progressive Caucus and grassroots leaders, $200 million in water revenue bonds, which included funds to pay the voluntary termination penalties, were removed from the borrowing bill before being voted on by the council.