Lawmakers fail to get income tax issue on ballot

By Alex Davis |

Published 04/29 2014 06:03PM

Updated 04/30 2014 10:01AM

ILLINOIS -- There was a big call for a progressive income tax in the Capitol City Tuesday, but lawmakers called it a day before voting on it. It was the last day the Senate could have voted on it to get it on the ballot this November. So, it's just awaiting a third reading in the Senate now.

The premise is, if you make more, you should pay more. The chief sponsor of the bill claimed earlier Tuesday, he had the votes, but the Senate didn't take it up before adjourning. Still, the issue is getting support from a lot of people who say they're in the low-to-moderate income bracket and often struggle to make ends meet.

May 4 is the deadline for constitutional amendments to get on the ballot. That bill needed to pass out of the Senate Tuesday in order to get it moving forward.

There are other amendments which will be on the ballot this fall including a measure about crime victims' rights and a plan discouraging voter suppression. Plus, a gubernatorial candidate is expected to present signatures Wednesday to get a term limits amendment on the ballot.

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