Graduated Tax Petition - Illinois House Republican Leader Jim Durkin

Graduated Tax Petition

We, the undersigned, oppose the Democrats' Graduated Income Tax proposal. Under current Illinois law, the individual income tax rate will be 3.75 percent in 2015. Under a new plan, however, a higher 4 percent rate kicks in for people earning just $18,000. That income tax rate targets Illinois’ working class. 

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Please SIGN and SHARE our petition below to oppose this tax increase.

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  • Laura Crawford
    signed 2014-03-10 15:10:07 -0500
    Dear Members of the 98th General Assembly:

    This letter comes to you from several chambers located in and around the western suburbs of northern Illinois, representing almost 10,000 businesses. With the State’s ‘temporary’ 67 percent tax increase set to expire in 2015 and the proposal to replace that revenue, an amendment to change the constitution allowing for a graduated or progressive tax explains the genesis of this letter.

    In an effort to educate their members, several Chambers have attended and hosted non-partisan hearings on this issue. After much discovery and discussion, we hold the consensus that this tax format is bad for business and bad for Illinois. To be clear, we collectively oppose the proposition of a constitutional amendment allowing a graduated or progressive income tax.

    There are more than 7,000 S corporations in the area we represent. These small businesses will be most severely impacted as they claim their business profit on their personal income tax return. Do not lose sight that these S corporations employ people. With more oppressive taxes, business owners will continue to migrate leaving those who stay in Illinois, unemployed. Illinois has the second highest migration statistic in the United States and one of the three highest unemployment rates. These statistics are not ones in which we should continue to aspire; you have an opportunity to reverse this trend.

    Furthermore, this proposal is moving forward without official plans or set rates. This is not what small business owners deserve. It is also incomprehensible that a new tax be implemented and not directly associated with accountability to reduce expenses.

    It is imperative that the 98th General Assembly of the State of Illinois, oppose this onerous proposal to amend the constitution allowing for a progressive tax. Please feel free to contact any of the signees below if you have any questions.


    Laura Crawford, President & CEO Tom Althoff, President & CEO

    Downers Grove Area Chamber of Commerce & Ind. Lisle Area Chamber of Commerce

    David Sabathne IOM, President & CEO John Quigley, President & CEO

    Western DuPage Chamber of Commerce Elmhurst Chamber of Commerce & Ind.

    Jan Anderson, President & CEO Claire Bongiovanni, President & CEO

    Hinsdale Chamber Darien Chamber of Commerce
  • Michael Krzus
    signed 2014-03-10 14:58:15 -0500
  • jeff hischier
    signed 2014-03-10 14:12:56 -0500
    What is with you people???????
  • Diane Smith
    signed 2014-03-10 12:14:19 -0500
  • tom bolfing
    signed 2014-03-10 11:36:30 -0500
    Any more taxes and I will move out of state
  • Linda Pierson
    signed 2014-03-10 08:36:44 -0500
  • Keith Turner
    signed 2014-03-10 07:51:25 -0500
  • Michael Da Valle
    signed 2014-03-10 06:44:22 -0500
  • Louise Markasovic
    signed 2014-03-10 05:39:57 -0500
    Quit taxing us to death, QUIT SPENDING!
  • Ronald Albers  Sr.
    signed 2014-03-09 22:36:14 -0500
    No more Taxes !!!!!!!
    signed 2014-03-09 22:10:38 -0500
    No tax increases period. 67% increase SHOULD NOT be permanent. Madigan is a WEASEL!
  • Thomas Forsyth
    signed 2014-03-09 21:52:13 -0500
    Illinois does not need more income tax from its citizens. Our representatives need to do a better job of budgeting the current revenue they manage and then sticking to that budget. Stop funding special interest groups; let the working people keep their income and spend it on the initiatives in which they believe.
  • Keith Gray
    signed 2014-03-09 17:59:09 -0500
  • Joe Snyder
    signed 2014-03-09 17:44:28 -0500
  • Sandra Willeford
    signed 2014-03-09 15:17:28 -0500
    Please no raising of taxes or a progressive, graduated tax increase. Thank-you. sandra w.
  • James Harris
    signed 2014-03-09 12:36:41 -0500
    I’ve already closed my business in Illinois. This tax change will push me to Arizona or Texas.
  • posted about this on Facebook 2014-03-09 10:53:53 -0500
    Sign the petition: Graduated Tax Petition
  • Susan Thomas
    signed 2014-03-09 10:52:46 -0500
  • Linda Erskine
    signed 2014-03-08 23:27:22 -0600
  • Donna Harris
    signed 2014-03-08 23:16:53 -0600
    Enough already!!!
  • Donna Zimmerman
    signed 2014-03-08 21:26:40 -0600
  • Charles Schmalz
    signed 2014-03-08 20:27:42 -0600
  • william m mikenis  sr
    signed 2014-03-08 18:26:14 -0600
  • James Oberweis
    signed 2014-03-08 14:43:46 -0600
  • Linda Fullerton
    signed 2014-03-08 14:13:52 -0600
  • Kristine Stevens
    signed 2014-03-08 14:07:17 -0600
  • David Kapinus
    signed 2014-03-08 12:37:09 -0600
  • Tina Hill
    signed 2014-03-08 12:23:20 -0600
  • Paulette Elsey
    signed 2014-03-08 10:53:33 -0600
    This is why I supported my son’s choice to emigrate to another state! Many more will leave if they do this.
  • Fredric Lesser
    signed 2014-03-08 10:44:26 -0600