SPRINGFIELD - State Representative David McSweeney (R-Barrington Hills) marked Tax Day by announcing House Resolution 241 - a measure to oppose a graduated income tax in Illinois. An opposing constitutional amendment has also been filed in the House calling for a progressive income tax which McSweeney calls “disastrous for a modern economy."
“Under a graduated income tax, income tax rates would increase as family income rises,” said McSweeney. “We need to be incentivizing work effort, investments and entrepreneurship and not punish families when they make more money.”
Illinois’ income tax has been levied at a non-graduated rate since its inception in 1969. The current flat rate structure is a commitment from the Constitution of the State of Illinois. Resolution 241, if passed in its current form, would show strong opposition to an attempt to pass a progressive tax in Illinois as outlined in HJRCA2.
Representatives David Harris, Joe Sosnowski and Ron Sandack are lead co-sponsors of McSweeney’s resolution. Representatives Ed Sullivan, Dennis Reboletti, Brad Halbrook, David Reis, Pam Roth, Jeannie Ives, C.D. Davidsmeyer, Charlie Meier, Darlene Senger, Barb Wheeler, Jim Durkin, Tom Morrison , Jill Tracy, Dwight Kay, Mike Tryon, John Cabello, Kay Hatcher, Patti Bellock, Renee Kosel and Tom Demmer have also signed on as supporters of McSweeney’s effort to get this resolution adopted.