Democrats Will Destroy Illinois Further With Progressive Income Tax

-By Warner Todd Huston

The folks at Americans For Prosperity recently launched some new video ads to ramp up the pressure to get Illinois Democrats to dump the idea of changing the state constitution to allow them to institute a progressive income tax.

They have a petition started that you should go sign, too.

Two years after passing the largest tax hike in the history of Illinois, some politicians want us to bail out their overspending by changing the Constitution to impose a “progressive income tax” which will:

  • Raise taxes on 85% of taxpayers.
  • Raise tax rates for every family earning over $5,000 per year.
  • Further damage Illinois’ ability to spur job creation and compete with other states.

The adoption of a progressive tax will threaten Illinois’ prosperity by giving politicians free reign to engage in class warfare of the type seen at the federal level and in states such as California, destroying job creation and incentivizing the flight of businesses to more friendly states.

“The progressive income tax being advocated by Governor Quinn and legislative leaders will raise taxes on most Illinois taxpayers and make our state even less attractive to employers and families, worsening Illinois’ fourth-highest in the nation unemployment rate,” said AFP- Illinois State Director David From. “These ads highlight how Illinois cannot afford this job-killing policy and encourage residents to let their elected leaders know they want more good jobs, not higher taxes.”

I wrote a piece about this topic earlier in the month.

About Warner Todd Huston

Warner Todd Huston is a Chicago-based freelance writer, has been writing opinion editorials and social criticism since early 2001 and is featured on many websites such as Andrew Breitbart's and,,,,, Human Events Magazine, among many, many others. Additionally, he has been a frequent guest on talk-radio programs to discuss his opinion editorials and current events. Warner is also the editor of the Midwest Editor for He has also written for several history magazines and appears in the new book "Americans on Politics, Policy and Pop Culture" which can be purchased on He is also the owner and operator of Feel free to contact him with any comments or questions, EMAIL Warner Todd Huston: igcolonel .at. "The only end of writing is to enable the reader better to enjoy life, or better to endure it." --Samuel Johnson
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