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Senator Chesney Co-Sponsors Legislation Rejecting Progressive Income Tax

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State Senator Andrew Chesney (R-Freeport) stood with his Senate Republican colleagues on Wednesday as they announced the filing of Senate Resolution 27, which calls on the Illinois Senate to reject any progressive income tax measure that is introduced in the 103rd General Assembly.  

“When voters from 101 of Illinois’ 102 counties soundly reject a constitutional amendment, that’s a pretty loud message sent to lawmakers,” said Senator Chesney. “But evidently, Democrats are unwilling to respect the will of Illinois citizens who have already voted this proposal down. Resurrecting their progressive income tax plan is nothing more than another attempt at a cash-grab by greedy politicians.” 

In 2020, the “Fair Tax” Amendment fell more than 360,000 votes short of a simple majority that was needed of all votes cast in that election, and more than 760,000 votes short of a three-fifths majority that was needed of those voting on the question. 

“While everyday Illinoisans continue to struggle with the effects of record-high inflation, Democrats now want to hit them with a new income tax structure that will take even more money out of their pockets,” added Senator Chesney. “I will fight vehemently against this bill because the people I represent in Northwestern Illinois want nothing to do with any measure that will raise their taxes.” 

Senate Resolution 27 was read into the official Senate record on Wednesday. It now awaits to be assigned to a Senate committee.

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