The Majority Report 05/06/19 - Senate votes to update tax structure, protect middle-class and working families


Lawmakers vote to implement fair tax, provide relief to majority of Illinoisans

Fair Tax

After nearly a decade of work to implement a fair tax in Illinois, the Senate approved a series of proposals last week that would update the state’s tax structure and provide relief to working and middle-class families.

Senator Don Harmon (D-Oak Park) advanced a constitutional amendment that would remove language requiring a flat tax and allow the General Assembly to set lower rates for those making less and higher rates for those earning the most.

Senator Toi Hutchinson (D-Chicago Heights) passed Senate Bill 687, which sets a graduated rate structure for Illinois’ income tax system, with lower-income families paying less while wealthier individuals would pay more. Under the plan, those making under $250,000 would pay less in income taxes than they do today.

Read more about the package of legislation here.
Read more senators’ statements on the measures here.
Watch a video here to learn more about the fair tax process.


Manar: Illinois needs healthy mix of projects in capital plan

Sen. Andy Manar

State Senator Andy Manar last Wednesday joined a coalition of labor, higher education and health care advocates in calling for vertical construction projects to be included in a comprehensive statewide infrastructure plan.

The newly formed Build Up Illinois coalition comprises groups and associations representing K-12 school districts, community colleges, universities, the Illinois hospital system, the Illinois AFL-CIO and affiliated building trades.

“Highway and bridge repairs are vitally important, but any statewide infrastructure plan has to balance those priorities with our need for new schools, modern hospitals and 21st century college facilities. There has to be a healthy mix,” Manar said. Continue reading.



Fallen trooper remembered at Illinois State Police ceremony

Illinois State Police Memorial Ceremony

Illinois State Police Trooper Christopher Lambert was assisting in a traffic accident on the Tri-State Tollway in January when he was struck by a speeding motorist and killed. A five-year member of the State Police, Trooper Lambert was traveling home to Highland Park when the crash occurred.

“Trooper Lambert’s selfless sacrifice toward ensuring the safety of Illinoisans is why we are all here today,” said State Senator Julie Morrison (D-Deerfield), who also held a moment of silence on the Senate floor to honor Trooper Lambert earlier this year. “In the months and years ahead, let us never forget the thousands of Illinois State Police officers and others in law enforcement who get up every day in the service of their fellow Illinoisans.” Continue reading.





Senators don suits and sneakers for cancer awareness

Suits & Sneakers

Wednesday, May 1 was Suits and Sneakers Day at the Capitol. Senators and staff wear sneakers to help raise awareness and encourage people to educate themselves about cancer prevention, screening and early detection.

Suits and Sneakers Day originated as a campaign of Coaches vs. Cancer and the American Cancer Society, when basketball coaches nationwide wear sneakers with their suits to raise funds, awareness, and help save lives from cancer. Learn more about this effort here.




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