Tax Increases Still on the Table
The Champaign County Chamber of Commerce has joined the
Vote No to the Progressive Tax Coalition.


The Chamber opposes the proposed constitutional amendment to create a Progressive Tax.

The Progressive Tax Leaves Tax Increases on the Table

"The amendment does not itself change tax rates" 
                                                                                    
The ballot language (below) does not define which income brackets will be subjected to raised taxes. The changing tax rates come from an entirely separate piece of legislation voted on in Springfield-- paving the way for potential tax increases at every tax bracket.
 
The Progressive Tax Amendment gives politicians the ability to raise taxes year to year with the approval of legislation. Under the proposed amendment, Illinois taxpayers will not have future opportunities to cast ballots against any future income tax increases. Illinoisans and Illinois businesses may face higher taxes regardless of income.
The question before voters:

The proposed amendment grants the State authority to impose higher income tax rates on higher income levels, which is how the federal government and a majority of other states do it. The amendment would remove the portion of the Revenue Article of the Illinois Constitution that is sometimes referred to as the "flat tax," that requires all taxes on income to be at the same rate. The amendment does not itself change tax rates. It gives the State the ability to impose higher tax rates on those with higher income levels and lower income tax rates on those with middle or lower income levels. You are asked to decide whether the proposed amendment should become a part of the Illinois Constitution.