Joan McCarthy Lasonde, the Republican candidate for the 9th District state senate district representing Evanston, says she’s opposed to the idea of a progressive income tax for Illinois.

Her Democratic opponent, State Rep. Laura Fine, was one of the co-sponsors of a House resolution adopted last month backing the progressive tax. The resolution was sponsored by House Speaker Michael Madigan.

Illinois now has a constitutionally-mandated flat state income tax rate. A progressive tax would vary rates based on a taxpayer’s income, the approach used for the federal income tax system and income taxes in 33 other states.

Lasonde, in a news release issued Thursday, also attacked Fine for her support for last year’s 32 percent increase in the state income tax rate.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. Go Joan Go
    You mean we have a choice this November?

    I didn’t think choice was allowed in Evanston.

    May we have a spirited campaigns that focus on making Illinois the economic powerhouse of the Midwest. I would like to hear how Laura and Joan plan on turning Illinois around.

    Thanks to both for being willing to serve us.

    1. Joan Lasonde
      Isn’t Laura Fine’s signature issue the coal tar sealant ban?

      According to Moody’s, Illinois has $250,000,000,000 in pension debt. How many houses are for sale in the area? How long does it take to sell those houses? How many people are looking to leave Illinois?

      I’d like to hear how Lasonde/Fine are going to tackle our issues. I suspect a progressive income tax will just exacerbate the Illinois exodus of those most able to leave but will make affordable housing advocates happy.

      1. Lasonde opposes new taxes!
        Well the good news is, if there’s another mass exodus moving from Illinois, Laura Fine won’t have to worry about making sure drive ways don’t use coal tar sealant. There won’t be anybody left. We’ll look like Detroit.

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