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1950Brutus - Mid-America Port Authority pledged $1.3 million from Illinois - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJournal.com
I root for the Cleve Browns even though they have zero chance of winning the super bowl. Chance of winning doesn't come into play on this obsession - doesn't come into play when I vote either. I vote for what I want - I do not "settle"..
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The goal this year is not to win its to get 5% of the vote so ballot access is not an issue in four years. Right up until about a month and a half ago the Libertarians were doing little if any campaigning. They were fighting court battles the GOP brought against them. And it was the same with the Green and Constitution partys to get on the ballot. Its hard to fund raise when you can't campaign…
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Minimum wage it for minimum employees. A person should be able to work for any wage they want too without government interference.
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If the Dems contaminate the ballot box the only recourse is exactly the same as was give n the Crown!
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What we need is a better voting system...like the Borda method. Then the 3rd party candidate most assuredly would have a chance....but for just that reason you'll never see it....the controlling parties not wanting a 3rd party to have any chance. Plus it's a bit difficult to count unless you are computerized. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Borda_count

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Income over $12,500 would see a tax increase based on current tax rates

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A top Democrat in the Illinois Senate who supports a proposed graduated income tax said his plans for a rate structure would lower taxes for most Illinois residents.

While the vote is pending on a constitutional amendment that would allow the state to enact a graduated income tax, state Sen. Don Harmon, D-Oak Park, said at a press conference that his proposal would save money for 94 percent of Illinois families.

"This is tax relief to every family in Illinois earning less than $200,000," Harmon said. "This is major tax relief across the board, and one that we can certainly afford."

Under Harmon'€™s plan, the state would impose a 2.9 percent tax on income of up to $12,500 and 4.9 percent on income between $12,500 and $180,000. Anything over $180,000 would be taxed at 6.9 percent.

Under the state'€™s temporary increase, income is currently taxed at a flat rate of 5 percent. That rate is scheduled to drop to 3.75 percent next year.

Harmon said families making the state's median income of $55,317 would see a savings of $303 on their income taxes under his plan, compared to the current 5 percent rate.

A minimum-wage worker making $23,839 annually would see a savings of $272.

That's not as much savings as Illinoisans would see if lawmakers and Gov. Pat Quinn allow the temporary income tax to roll back to 3.75 percent on Jan. 1.

Under that scenario, the median income family would see a savings of about $689, while a minimum-wage earner would save about $298.

Compared to the current 5 percent rate, Harmon said his plan would generate $23 million less in revenue.

He added that taking any other path would hurt Illinoisans much worse.

"€œWe have two choices other than this,"€ he said. "We can continue an unfair, regressive flat tax at 5 percent or we can cut government services, the services upon which folks rely --€“ education, health care, human services --€“ by 20 percent across the board.

"This is a third way. This is a way we can generate the revenue we need to provide the core services upon which people depend, and do so in a way that provides tax relief for 94 percent of Illinois families."

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