Editor’s Note: JCUA is a proud member organization of the “A Better Illinois” campaign. The campaign aims to achieve economic fairness in Illinois, by introducing a graduated income tax. At a time when Illinois is facing painful cuts to schools, safety and human services, this legislation has the potential of reducing taxes for 94% of Illinoisans while increasing revenue at the same time. What follows is an update from the campaign director.
by Kristen Crowell
Campaign Director, A Better Illinois
When we started A Better Illinois back in July, our goals were admittedly a little ambitious—long-term, structural reform to make Illinois government start working again for middle class and working families, instead of serving the big corporations and wealthy CEOs currently running Springfield.
Please contact your legislators in Springfield and tell them to support a Fair Tax with lower rates for lower incomes and higher rates for higher incomes. Hearing from you directly makes a huge difference!
Some have asked, how can anyone possibly change such dysfunction in Springfield? We have taken a 3-pronged approach, and last week during Veto Session, the enormous progress of A Better Illinois’ campaign was on display.
1) Our statewide campaign to build grassroots support for reform has been enormous. We announced more than 150,000 petition signatures statewide for a Fair Tax from every legislative district – Republican and Democrat alike – throughout Illinois.
2) Our outreach to civic, community, business, and labor allies has been very successful. We released a long and diverse list of more than 250 civic and community organizations and leaders now endorsing A Better Illinois’ campaign.
3) Our legislative momentum in Springfield has picked up substantial steam. We now have 25 state Senate co-sponsors & 37 state House co-sponsors for a Fair Tax Act, including more than a dozen new co-sponsors during our Veto Session push alone.
A Better Illinois is based on the premise that our current tax system is broken, and that Springfield and its “crisis-to-crisis” budgeting system—kicking the can down the road every year or two without fundamentally changing the way they do business—is only delaying an inevitable train wreck.
This campaign we’ve built together in a short few months would not have been possible without your support, and the support growing in every corner of the state. In fact, even before last week’s activities in Springfield, A Better Illinois hit the road for some great local events in Rock Island, Decatur, and Rockford. Stay tuned, we’re likely to be in your community very soon!
Thanks again for all that you’ve done and continue to do in support of this historic campaign to build A Better Illinois.
A Better Illinois
P.S. Please take a moment to contact your legislators in Springfield and tell them to support a Fair Tax with lower rates for lower incomes and higher rates for higher incomes. Hearing from you directly makes a huge difference!