House Minority Leader Jim Durkin, R-Burr Ridge has taken a stand on yet another middle-class tax hike on the people of Illinois and it appears to have been successful. Illinois politicians have been pushing State Rep. Robert Martwick’s (D-Chicago) House Bill 3522 – known as the Fiscally Responsible Illinois Entering New Days and Leaving Yesterday, or FRIENDLY, Act, proposes the following income tax rates:
- 4 percent for income between $0-$7,500
- 5.84 percent for income between $7,500-$15,000
- 6.27 percent for income between $15,000-$225,000
- 7.65 percent for income above $225,000
With the state hemorrhaging residents on the wake of last summer’s largest permanent income tax in Illinois history, House Minority Leader Jim Durkin filed House Resolution 975 which was co-sponsored by Peter Breen – Sheri Jesiel – David S. Olsen – Dave Severin, Jerry Lee Long, Steven A. Andersson, Mark Batinick, Patricia R. Bellock, Thomas M. Bennett, Avery Bourne, Dan Brady, Terri Bryant, Tim Butler, John M. Cabello, John Cavaletto, C.D. Davidsmeyer, Tom Demmer, Mike Fortner, Randy E. Frese, Brad Halbrook, Norine K. Hammond, Chad Hays, Jeanne M Ives, Sara Wojcicki Jimenez, Michael P. McAuliffe, Tony McCombie, Margo McDermed, David McSweeney, Charles Meier, Bill Mitchell, Thomas Morrison, Lindsay Parkhurst, Reginald Phillips, Robert W. Pritchard, Steven Reick, David B. Reis, Nick Sauer, Allen Skillicorn, Keith P. Sommer, Joe Sosnowski, Ryan Spain, Brian W. Stewart, Daniel Swanson, Michael D. Unes, Grant Wehrli, David A. Welter, Barbara Wheeler, Keith R. Wheeler and Christine Winger. This Resolution states that the co-sponsors “… stand united in opposition to any measure that would allow the creation of a graduated income tax on Illinois residents.” The lone exception of the House Republican Caucus was Rep. David Harris, R-Mount Prospect.
The strong support for House Resolution 975 constitutes a victory for the residents of Illinois as it prevents the proponents of this constitutional amendment from attaining the 71 votes which would constitute the super-majority needed for the referendum to be placed on the November ballot. The fight is not over however. I encourage all residents who oppose the progressive income tax to reach out to their representative and make them aware of your opposition by signing the Petition to Stop The Illinois Progressive Income tax.