Illinois lawmakers rally for Progressive Income Tax

By Mary Rose Williams

September 14, 2013 Updated Sep 14, 2013 at 10:27 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- Peoria-area Democratic lawmakers are joining forces to try and make the tax code fairer for the middle class. 

Today, State Senator Dave Koehler and State Representative Jehan Gordon-Booth spoke to families about why they believe Illinois should implement Progressive Income Tax, instead of the current Flat Income Tax system.
 
A Flat Income tax system means all taxpayers have the same tax rate. While on the Progressive Income tax system, the tax rates vary depending on income.
 
"It's important because someone making $30,000 a year should not be paying the same flat tax as someone make a million dollars a year," said Jehan Gordon-Booth, Illinois State Representative.
 
"A flat tax system really penalizes those at the lower end of the economic spectrum," said Dave Koehler, State Senator of the 16th District. "And we should have a progressive tax system just like we do in the united states."
 
The event was part of a larger campaign called "A Better Illinois", which is involved with bringing fair taxing.
 
Participants walked around the area asking citizens to sign a petition, which organizers are hoping will catch the attention of fellow lawmakers this spring.
 
Over fifty thousand signatures have already been gathered, they are hoping to have over one hundred thousand by spring.

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