Updates and Events

September 15, 2020

The St. Charles Chamber of Commerce invites you to an interactive discussion on the pros and cons of a progressive income tax in Illinois Panelists will share diverse views and perspectives on the Proposed Progressive Income Tax, as well as offer the opportunity for your questions to be answered. Registration is Required:  REGISTER HERE

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September 8, 2020

Join Good Government Illinois’s David Orr and Ralph Martire, Executive Director of Center for Tax and Budget Accountability and Rubloff Professor of Public Policy at Roosevelt University, for a discussion of the Fair Tax Amendment co-sponsored by Our Revolution Illinois on Tuesday, September 8 starting at 7:30 p.m.

RSVP to reserve your spot!

August 31, 2020

Join Indivisible Lincoln Square as we prepare to advocate on behalf of the Fair Tax Ballot Initiative with a briefing by special guest Ralph Martire from the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability. The session will cover where/who tax revenue comes from, tax policy as a social justice issue, the effect on the state's financial problems and the compelling arguments for Fair Tax.

Click here to register. After you register you will receive a Zoom link via email on the day of the discussion (Monday, 8/31).

August 20, 2020

The Lake Zurich Chamber of Commerce invites you to a  Free Live Streaming Event about the Graduated Income Tax 

Registration is required: lzacc.com

July 14, 2020

Unitarian Universalist Advocacy Network of Illinois will host CTBA Executive Director and Roosevelt University Professor of Public Policy for an online presentation about the state budget and what a fair tax means for Illinoisans.

The Impact of Underfunding the Evidence-Based Funding Formula report analyzes the steps the EBF takes when the Minimum Target Level is not satisfied and how limited or no new Tier funding would impact districts by Tier, income level, race, and geography. The report also analyzes how state funding would be allocated if the state is unable to hold funding level with the prior fiscal year, resulting in a reduction in funding for the EBF.

A property tax freeze could pose substantial costs to students across the state by limiting the amount of funding districts could receive compared to the current law in which there is no property tax freeze. To learn more, download CTBA's report, Potential Impact of a Property Tax Freeze on School Funding.

April 15, 2020

This event has been cancelled and will be rescheduled at a later date. We will update this information as soon as a new date has been confirmed.

The COVID-19 pandemic highlights why it is so crucial to ensure the public sector has the fiscal capacity to deal with societal problems. While the pandemic is an extreme case that impacts virtually everyone, once we get past this challenge, it is essential we recognize that even in normal times, for communities to thrive on a day-to-day basis the public needs access to schools; disadvantaged populations need a variety of easily-accessible, well designed and adequately staffed support services; low-income and increasingly middle-income families need access to affordable healthcare and housing--the list goes on from there. So as we come together as a state and as a nation to overcome the challenges created  by the COVID-19 pandemic, we shouldn’t lose sight of the fact that our tax dollars are what provide the public sector the capacity to ensure everyone has access to those core services that make for a quality existence.

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