Springfield has failed us, and we deserve better.
The last eighteen months have been nothing less than catastrophic for the people of Illinois, especially parents and children, college students, senior citizens, people with disabilities, and anyone who needs the social safety net. We deserve a budget that puts people and the planet first!
That’s why we’re marching from Chicago to Springfield.
Springfield isn’t listening to us. We need elected officials on both sides of the aisle to put the needs of the people of Illinois and the health of our environment before the interests of their big money campaign donors, who want to avoid paying their fair share of taxes that our state needs so we can invest in our people and our communities.
A budget that puts people and the planet first will improve the lives of people all over Illinois.
Illinois cannot not solve its structural budget deficit through a combination of cuts to vital government responsibilities and the expansion of regressive taxes like the sales tax and a flat income tax. Such a plan would begin to pay down $11 billion in bills, but leave our public goods and services in shambles. Instead, Springfield must unite behind a bold plan to make major investments in our state that will significantly improve the lives of Illinoisans and create hundreds of thousands of good jobs: a world-class public education system; free public higher education; safe and efficient roads, bridges and public transportation; universal healthcare; green energy; and a robust social safety net to assist people in times of crisis.
The solutions are simple.
The good news is that Illinois can afford to do all these things — even while preserving the pensions of public workers — if we close corporate tax loopholes, pass the LaSalle Street Tax (a miniscule sales tax on the Chicago-based trading of futures and commodities) and enact a graduated income tax. These three changes to Illinois’ tax code would raise $23 billion annually without requiring working class people to endure another tax hike we can’t afford.
Will you join us on the March to Springfield?
The March to Springfield starts Monday, May 15, 2017, in downtown Chicago and arrives in Springfield on Tuesday, May 30, 2017. There are many ways you can get involved:
- Attend the Chicago Kick Off Event on May 15, 2017. (Stay tuned for details.)
- March with us on Day 1 in Chicago.
- March with us along any other part of the route. (Stay tuned for route details.)
- Attend the closing march and rally in Springfield on May 30, 2017. (Stay tuned for details.)
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