Belvidere group informs locals of proposed graduated income tax

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BELVIDERE, Ill. (WIFR) -- Every Illinois voter will have a question on the November 2020 ballot regarding a proposed graduated income tax.

One group in Belvidere wants to make sure everyone becomes informed before they cast their vote.

A big crowd showed up at the Community Complex of Belvidere for Wednesday morning's graduated income tax town hall. The goal was to inform the voters about the proposed tax.

The plan, proposed by Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker, would increase taxes for the wealthy while lowering taxes for most others by applying different tax rates based on different levels of income.

"We just tried to have a forum that presented both sides of the argument to allow people to hear the conversation, then to ask questions and have a little bit of the debate about the overall issue," says Rep. Joe Sosnowski (R- 69th District)

Illinoisans currently pay a flat income tax of 4.95%. Thirty-four of 50 states currently have some form of a graduated income tax.