• Supporters amass signatures in graduated tax push

    by  • November 5, 2013 • News

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Backers of a plan to change Illinois’ income tax structure say they’ve collected more than 150,000 signatures from supporters.

    The (Springfield) State Journal-Register reports that members of the group A Better Illinois say they hope to keep collecting signatures on their petition through the spring. They want to convince lawmakers to put a constitutional amendment on the 2014 ballot. The amendment would allow the state to adopt a graduated or “progressive” tax.

    Under a graduated tax, higher earners pay a larger percentage of their income than middle and lower-class taxpayers. It’s similar to the federal income tax structure.

    Illinois’ Constitution currently requires a flat income tax. Changing it would require a three-fifths vote in the Legislature and approval by voters.