Don Harmon http://wuis.org en Legislators Vote Against Capping Their Careers http://wuis.org/post/legislators-vote-against-capping-their-careers <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Voters may still get the chance to decide if they want to limit how long legislators can serve ... but no thanks to legislators themselves.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Although elections have been compared to popularity contests, as a whole, "politicians" aren't all that popular.</span></p><p>Which may be way polls show voters find the idea of term limits so appealing.</p><p>Unless, of course, you're a legislator.</p><p>Senator Darin LaHood, a Republican from Peoria, nonetheless introduced a term limits plan.</p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 11:35:00 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 22446 at http://wuis.org Legislators Vote Against Capping Their Careers Graduated Income Tax Moves Forward After Stumble http://wuis.org/post/graduated-income-tax-moves-forward-after-stumble <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>An effort to change Illinois' income tax from a flat to a graduated structure is making headway in the General Assembly. The plan, where the more you earn the more you pay, has been revived after a setback last week.</p><p></p><p>When another proposal for a graduated income tax was up for debate last week, it was shot down before even getting to the floor. But Representative Christian Mitchell, a Democrat from Chicago, says his proposal is different: Its income-based tax brackets are lower than the previous version.</p> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 14:47:08 +0000 Hannah Meisel 22306 at http://wuis.org Graduated Income Tax Moves Forward After Stumble Progressive Income Tax Supporters: Most Taxpayers Would Get Break http://wuis.org/post/progressive-income-tax-supporters-most-taxpayers-would-get-break <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Advocates have been moving for months to give Illinois a progressive income tax. Instead of the same flat rate for everyone, those who make more would pay more. As Hannah Meisel reports, supporters are finally getting specific.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Backers of the plan argue most Illinoisans would get a tax cut.</span></p><p>Senator Don Harmon, a Democrat from Oak Park, says this provides the state a new choice, instead of extending the 2011 income tax hike or making deep cuts to services.</p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 22:38:06 +0000 Hannah Meisel 21670 at http://wuis.org Progressive Income Tax Supporters: Most Taxpayers Would Get Break Plan To Hasten Legalization of Same-Sex Marriage http://wuis.org/post/plan-hasten-legalization-same-sex-marriage <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Gay and lesbian couples may not have to wait until June to marry in Illinois. A lawmaker is moving to accelerate when same-sex marriage becomes legal.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Already, same-sex couples are hurrying to take advantage of the marriage legislation approved on Tuesday. That very night, Rep. Sam </span>Yingling<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, a Lake County Democrat who's openly gay, got engaged. "Well, we don't have a date yet, but I will certainly let you know when we do," he said.</span></p> Thu, 07 Nov 2013 10:52:00 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 12500 at http://wuis.org Plan To Hasten Legalization of Same-Sex Marriage Election Proposal Leaves Lt. Gov. Race Unchanged http://wuis.org/post/election-proposal-leaves-lt-gov-race-unchanged <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Illinois Senate has approved a multi-faceted change to the state's election laws. The legislation is almost as notable for what it does not do, as for what it does.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The proposal would make dozens of changes to state law, including online voter registration. But until Wednesday, the legislation also would have changed how Illinois gets a lieutenant governor.</span></p> Thu, 30 May 2013 12:01:00 +0000 Brian Mackey 3460 at http://wuis.org Election Proposal Leaves Lt. Gov. Race Unchanged