CHAMPAIGN - The editorial board of the Champaign News-Gazette is unhappy with their longtime, soon- retiring State Rep. Naomi Jakobsson (D-Champaign), who is leading an effort to amend the Illinois Constitution to allow a progressive income tax. Exactly how much more taxpayers would pay if Illinois switched from the flat tax system depends on which plan the legislature would pass into law. The paper writes:
Her plan calls for taxing income up to $18,000 at a year at 3 percent, income between $18,000 and $58,000 a year at 4.1 percent and income between $58,000 and $106,000 a year at 5 percent. Her highest rates would be 7.2 percent for incomes above $500,000 and 8 percent for incomes in excess of $1 million.
These numbers are meaningless until legislators actually adopt the rates they want.
What rates would revenue-hungry members of the Illinois House and Senate approve? It's impossible to predict. But one guide is what legislators have done in other states that have a graduated income tax.
Question the News-Gazette is sure to face is just how to keep Rep. Jakobsson from winning the war she's declared before she is ultimately relieved of duty.