Reports

How a graduated rate income tax would help reduce after-tax income inequality in Illinois

Release: May 22, 2019

Since 1979, the nation has seen a rapid and significant increase in income inequality between low- and middle-income Americans on the one hand, and the wealthiest one percent on the other. Over that time span, the bottom 99 percent of American households saw their incomes increase by an average of just 14 percent after inflation. Meanwhile, the wealthiest one percent saw their inflation-adjusted incomes balloon by 175 percent on average—or fully 12.5 times more than the income growth realized by everyone else.

Why Illinois Should Adopt an Evidence-Based Education Funding Model

Release: July 13, 2016

To address both its inadequate and inequitable approach to school funding, Illinois should move to a funding system based on the Evidenced Based Model. Designed to identify the level of funding needed to deliver an adequate education to every student in a state and sensitive to each child’s needs, the Evidenced Based Model ensures that the distribution of education funding is equitable, and accounts for the cost of overcoming “at risk” factors.

The Evidenced Based Model determines per-pupil expenditures by identifying how much research-based “best practices” cost, given a state’s overall and regional labor market and other cost factors. Finally, the Evidenced Based Model identifies and costs-out those educational practices which the research shows to boost student achievement.

For Each and Every Child: Appendix C Compendium

Release: February 13, 2013

Independently Authored Materials by Equity and  Excellence Commission Members

For Each and Every Child: A Strategy for Education Equity and Excellence

Release: February 2, 2013

For Each and Every Child is the federal Equity and Excellence Commission's report to the secretary of the U.S. Department of Education.

The Case for Creating a Graduated Income Tax in Illinois

Release: February 1, 2012

Creating a graduated rate structure for the Illinois individual income tax is one  long-term, structural policy change that would simultaneously stimulate job growth in the state, tax people more fairly and reduce Illinois’ General Fund deficits.This Report explains why a graduated rate structure is needed in Illinois, and how it would impact taxpayers and the state's budget.

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