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Vote against progressive tax for Illinois

U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh (R-Ill.) town hall meeting BarringtPark District October 2011.  |  Sun-Times Media

U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh (R-Ill.) at a town hall meeting at the Barrington Park District October 2011. | Sun-Times Media

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Updated: November 23, 2012 6:08AM

Vote against progressive tax for Illinois

It is no secret that Gov. Pat Quinn and the people who helped him win office in 2010 and raise income taxes in 2011 are laying the groundwork for a progressive Illinois tax.

This will require a Constitutional amendment in 2014, because a graduated income tax is illegal in Illinois.

They want to make the temporary 2011 tax hike permanent at 5 percent and tax certain individuals at ever-higher marginal rates.

A progressive income tax will mean higher taxes for middle-class Illinoisans and destroy needed jobs for poor and working families.

The people we elect in November will make the decisions about the Constitutional amendment and the tax legislation.

Ask them how they would decide on this issue.

As for incumbents, if they voted for the present 5 percent tax, vote against them.

Richard Hartwig,

Park Ridge

Walsh’s view is silly

Pay a little now or a lot later.

The next time U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh (R-Ill.) spews his silly recitation about how fiscally irresponsible it is for candidate Tammy Duckworth to support taxpayer-funded contraceptives, I hope she, and other pro-choice/progressive candidates will rebut him.

Taxpayers have a choice to pay a little for birth control now or pay for an unwanted child who will have to be supported for 17 years on welfare, food stamps, etc.

We must start to elect forward-thinking progressive candidates with the unfettered ability to separate reality from delusional fantasy.

Louis DeRosa,


Thanks for highlighting church mission

Thank you, John Fountain, for your Oct. 18 column, “Pleasing God by helping people.”

As a Christian, I take seriously my responsibility to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, etc.

When the church is being effective, it is involved in helping the less fortunate.

Tony Stella,

Calumet City

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