Updates and Events

Ralph Martire joins Dr. Sonya Whitaker on Chicago the Voice of the Nation to talk about equity in education!

The State University Annuitant's Association (SUAA) IUC fall meeting was held virtually on Sunday, December 6.

October 20, 2020

Join Truth in Accounting and the Union League Club of Chicago for a live, virtual event on the Progressive Income Tax in Illinois.

October 13, 2020

Illinois voters have the opportunity in the 2020 General Election to decide whether to change the State Constitution so that the state income tax can be taxed at a graduated rate, or not to change it and to  continue to tax income at a flat rate. The vote will be on the ballot as "Proposed Amendment to Section 3 of Article IX of the Illinois Constitution."

Concerned Citizens, Jane Lehmann, Marrleis Trover, along with Barb Baily, Patti Jones, and Candice McLaughlin from Macomb, IL,  are co-hosting a Fair Tax Zoom Event on the proposed amendment.  Ralph Martire, Executive Director of the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability (CTBA) will be the speaker and will talk about the rationale for the Amendment and the implications of passing the Amendment as well as if it is rejected.  He will speak for approximately 40 minutes and there will be a Q&A session for the remaining 20 minutes. Questions will be gathered via the "Chat" area in the Zoom.  

The event is free, but registration is required.  Space is limited and admission will be on a first come, first served basis, so if you are interested in attending, please register early.  As soon as you register, you will receive the link to the Zoom meeting. REGISTER HERE

October 6, 2020

Fourth Presbyterian Church of Chicago invites you to a panel discussion to learn more about the Graduated Tax Amendment—with special emphasis on the impact to education funding—coming up for a vote November 3 on the Illinois general election ballot.

Moderator: David Greising, President and CEO of the Better Government Association

Featured Speakers:

  • Ralph Martire, President of the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability and Arthur Rubloss Endowed Professor of Public Policy at Roosevelt University
  • Leslie Munger, Former Illinois State Comptroller and Deputy Governor
  • Robin Steans, President of Advance Illinois

Register HERE no later than Monday, October 5

For more information, email: asantos@fourthchurch.org

October 3, 2020

A voter-approved amendment in this fall’s election would eliminate the requirement in the 1970 Illinois constitution that any personal and corporate State income tax be a flat tax. Half truths fueled by special interest expenditures are muddying the waters, but you can get the essential facts at this Briefing.

The League of Women Voters—Chicago invite you to a briefing featuring CTBA Executive Director and Roosevelt University Professor of Public Policy Ralph Martire to hear more about the fair tax and what it means for Illinois. 

REGISTER HERE to reserve your seat.  For more information, contact Abigail Nichols at abigail_nichols@hotmail.com.

Ralph Martire, Executive Director of the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability discusses the graduated income tax amendment that Illinoisans will vote on in the November 2020 election. You can watch the segment Friday, October 2nd @ 1 pm CT on CAN TV Channel 27, or anytime at the following link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yWBXTUYOviw

September 26, 2020

Join Unity Temple and co-sponsors, Community Renewal Society, Faith in Place-Action Fund, Poor People's Campaign of IL, the IL-League of Women Voters, Vote Yes for FairTax and UUANI, for a fair tax town hall. Hear from some of Illinois’ top preachers, important politicians, and hear riveting personal testimonials from those most impacted who share how the Fair Tax will make their lives better.  


Sen. Don Harmon, President of the IL Senate 
Rev. Dr. Marshall Hatch, Sr. Pastor of New Mount Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church
Ralph Martire, Center for Tax and Budget Accountability  
Rev. Joe Mitchell, New Hope Missionary Baptist Church (DeKalb) 
Rev. Dr. Marilyn Pagán-Banks, A Just Harvest 
Rev. Brian Sauder, Faith in Place - Action Fund 

Contact K. Mooney with questions: soulfulstill@gmail.com

September 24, 2020

You have likely been inundated by commercials about the graduated income tax constitutional amendment.  Those supporting and opposing the graduated income tax are pulling out all the stops before people vote on this important issue.

The resounding success of the last Graduated Income Tax Town Hall has prompted the IACCE and SBAC to partner on a follow-up forum.  Ralph Martire and Leslie Munger will return to answer your questions about the proposed graduated income tax.