Park Forest Area League of Women Voters Hosts Meeting on Illinois Income Tax on Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Park Forest, IL,–(ENEWSPF)– November 27, 2013–The League of Women Voters of the Park Forest Area will host an educational meeting on the Illinois income tax  on Wednesday, December 11, at 7:00 PM at the Park Forest Public Library, 400 Lakewood Boulevard in Park Forest. 

This program will be about the campaign to change to Illinois income tax from a flat rate tax to a graduated rate income tax.  The presentation will explain why the League supports the proposed constitutional amendment allowing a graduated rate income tax. Legislation (HJRCA 33/SJRCA 40) is pending in Springfield for a constitutional amendment on a fair tax allowing for higher rates on higher incomes and lower rates on lower incomes. The League of Women Voters Illinois (LWVIL) supports this plan, rather than the flat tax now imposed in Illinois. LWVIL believes this amendment will bring fairness to Illinois’ tax code, helping Illinois’ families. It will help Illinois protect key priorities such as education, public safety, health care, and human services. These vital services have been significantly shortchanged in recent years because of Illinois’ systemic budget problems; the result of an out-of-date tax code which overburdens middle income families. The legislation embodies another important principle: citizen participation. If adopted by the General Assembly, this referendum would ask Illinois voters if they want to amend the 1970 Illinois Constitution, which currently states that the personal income tax must be non-graduated (flat). 

The meeting is open to the public and anyone interested in the topic is encouraged to attend to learn more about this important issue.

The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization which encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy. The League does not support or oppose any candidate for public office. Anyone interested in promoting responsible government is invited to be a member. For more information about the program or membership in the League, please contact Mary Lubertozzi, 708-747-1359.