Bringing Out the Gloves on the Progressive vs. Flat Income Tax Debate

Reboot Illinois and the Union League Club of Chicago host a debate on Feb. 28 on the future of the income tax in Illinois, featuring a suburban Republican and Chicago Democrat.

What’s going to happen to our income taxes in Illinois? Should we switch to a progressive tax system with different rates that rise as incomes go up? Should we maintain our flat system? Should our rate remain at the “temporary” 5 percent for individuals or should it drop down to 3.75 percent as the law now says it should.

It's safe to say the income tax debate is THE hot topic in Illinois this year.

Reboot Illinois is partnering with the Union League Club of Chicago to host a debate on the issue. It's the morning of Feb. 28 at the Union League Club in Chicago. 

We've got a couple of the best, most articulate and thoughtful lawmakers ready to argue the pros and cons, the ups, the downs, the ins and outs for us: State Representative David McSweeney, a suburban Republican, and State Representative Christian Mitchell, a city Democrat.


We look forward to seeing you there to learn about this important issue in Illinois.

The views expressed in this post are those of Reboot Illinois and do not necessarily reflect those of Patch or its editors. Learn more at RebootIllinois.com

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Fred Savage February 16, 2014 at 12:34 AM
Charles, you played your intelligence card when you led with the lame "Fox News watcher" mantra. You should have called me a homophobe or racist first. Let's also ignore that Fox was #1 for 12th straight year among 25 - 54 yr olds. What that means is a whole lot of people watch Fox and only morons like you watch MSNBc to get idiotic talking points. How's that little boy Maddow's ratings?
Fred Savage February 16, 2014 at 12:35 AM
Fred Savage February 16, 2014 at 12:36 AM
Charlie's a bitter low income earner who thinks he is owed something.
Herc February 16, 2014 at 12:51 PM
You have to love these liberals and their redistribution of wealth garbage. Charlie I want you to give half of your pay check (if you work) every week to help those under privilege that are to lazy to work. I want you to sell your house (if you own one) and move into section 8 housing. Until you distribute some of your own wealth you have no true argument to give! Oh and by the way Charlie, Social Security is not entitlement, you pay into that program! Get your facts straight!
Fred Savage February 16, 2014 at 02:38 PM
I have a small biz employ a full and part timer. Paid $60k in salary another $10k in payroll taxes and $55k in fed and state taxes. I also gave $20k to charity and my family and i volunteered for a week in an overseas mission as well as monthy at a local mission. Is that enough, Charlie, or am i just a greedy selfish conservative? What have you personally contributed?


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