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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Herc February 10, 2014 at 09:11 PM
Taxes, taxes and more taxes, wheres Robin Hood when you need him!
Hernendo RevolveR February 10, 2014 at 11:16 PM
Let the tax rate go back to 3.75% like the law says. The rate should remain the same for all taxpayers. Everyone needs to have skin in the game. Everyone must pay something. Otherwise we end up with an entitlement society (like we have now) that demands that some people pay nothing and collect benefits and the rest pay plenty and collect nothing.
Fred Savage February 11, 2014 at 07:42 AM
Isn't it great how libtard pols believe the money is theirs and they are giving a "tax break" when you are allowed to keep your own money?
Paul February 11, 2014 at 09:05 AM
My initial thought to a progressive tax system is it being unfair to those that take on higher student loans for higher paying careers. Your primary care physician may make $100k/year but these days come out of school owing $200-$300k in student loans. At that debt load and the loan interest rates these days, they're paying about $80/month for every $10,000 in loans. On $200k in loans they are paying $1600/month just to cover their student debt! Taxing them even more will make the career unattractive and then there may be an even greater shortage of health care workers.
JT February 11, 2014 at 09:18 AM
There was a reason for the slogan of "Tax and Spend Democrats". But I guess we can change the word Democrats to Progressives. My Dad was always talking about this in the 50's, and by God they sure have lived up to it. The only way to stop any of this nonsense is to get involved - PERIOD! For a start, you can sign the "Term Limits" petition.
Gary February 11, 2014 at 11:27 AM
Wait a second! Didn't we solve all of Illinois' problems with the pension reform bill that just passed? We locked in fiscal solvency for generations with that bill, or so we were led to believe, now we're talking taxes again. I would like to use some ObamaCare logic on this issue - "The law of the land says the tax rate drops from 5% back down to 3.75% so there's nothing anyone can do about it. It's settled law. Get used to it. There's no need for debate, and anyone who wants to continue debate is a dead-ender, extremist... and probably a racist too! Since I played the race card first that means I win and everyone has to do what I say, and I say it goes back down to 3.75%... or maybe 4.5%.... or maybe 2.25%... or whatever the hell I think it needs to be to get re-elected. I can do what I want. Game over." That logic works in defense of ObamaCare so I think we should use it here in Illinois too.
Tom Losh February 11, 2014 at 12:07 PM
I am not wealthy by any means, but I never understood why wealthy people pay more for the same services as everyone else?
Phaedrus Pirsig February 11, 2014 at 05:34 PM
Wow, living in liberal Chicago I never hear this kind of common sense. I had to look out the window to make sure I was still in Illinois.
Charles Reasoner February 13, 2014 at 10:57 AM
The ignorance and hatred by Republican Fox watchers who have posted here is disappointing but not surprising. Please leave Illinois and move down to a Red State if you don't like it here. The idea of a progressive income tax is not Socialism and neither is Obamacare with the long overdue regulation of out of control health insurance companies. A progressive income tax makes sense because we already have a sales tax which takes a much larger percentage of money out of the pockets of middle and low income workers who need to spend almost every cent they make to survive. And for the guy who thinks a Doctor in our area only makes 100K/yr., make me laugh.
Phaedrus Pirsig February 13, 2014 at 11:14 AM
Charles the only one spewing hatred and ignorance is you and your first line unfortunately rendered anything else you had to say as worthless. Quit cheerleading for a team and educate yourself on what Progressive economics have done to this state.
Fred Savage February 13, 2014 at 11:54 AM
Charlie...straight out of the liberal playbook. Fox News and hatred. So predictable it is comical. If we moved out...who would pay for the free ride?
Herc February 13, 2014 at 04:07 PM
If we moved out the state would collapse, being the conservatives pay the bulk of the freight! Liberals don't work they collect their entitlements!
Charles Reasoner February 16, 2014 at 12:03 AM
savage said: " If we moved out...who would pay for the free ride? " Who is we? Oh I know, it must be Fox News watchers. Do you know that half of Fox News watchers are over 68 years old ? http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2014/01/half-of-fox-news-viewers-are-68-and-older/283385/ "Liberals don't work they collect their entitlements!" You mean elderly who collect Social Security and use Medicare, Veterans with VA benefits, retired school teachers and other pensioneers who vote Republican and say they earned the free ride for early retirement while others do not deserve anything?
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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