SPRINGFIELD - The Democrat's push for a progressive, or graduated, income tax in Illinois is moving forward. State Sen. Don Harmon (D-Oak Park), sponsoring the measure, announced that a House version of the bill has been introduced, while his own bill passed a Senate subcommittee on Friday.
“I don’t think it's about haves and have-nots,” said Harmon. “I think it’s about fairness. This is a fundamental issue of equity.”
The switch to the progressive income tax requires a constitutional amendment, approved by Illinois voters. Before it can get on the ballot, a three-fifths vote of each chamber of the legislature is required.
While the subcommittee passed the progressive income tax bill (SJRCA 40), it did not pass SJRCA 19 which would impose term limits on lawmakers, or SJRCA 10 which would eliminate the lame duck session of the General Assembly.