Despite Fair Tax Outcome, the Fight for Economic Equity In Illinois Continues

A statement from the Shriver Center on Poverty Law

Illinois needs economic justice through tax fairness and fair funding, and more than two million Illinoisans made their voices heard to support the Fair Tax this election. 

The Fair Tax would have cut taxes for the 97% of Illinoisans who make less than $250,000 a year, required the wealthiest top 3% to pay their fair share, and raised billions of dollars to invest in schools, health care and jobs in every part of the state.

Illinois faces a serious budget crisis, and elected officials will no doubt turn to tough choices that will impact low-income communities and communities of color. The Shriver Center will continue to fight for tax and budget equity in Illinois, Cook County, and the City of Chicago. We will push back against disinvestments in communities and inequitable funding sources and advocate for economic relief and racial justice.

We were proud to serve with hundreds of endorsing organizations on the Vote Yes for Fair Tax coalition and thank the tireless efforts of communities, staff, and volunteers to reach voters across the state. We will continue our longtime work with our partners to ensure all communities can thrive.

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