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To the Editor:

A few weeks ago, I spoke at a town hall meeting in Carbondale about the need for Illinois to adopt a fair tax system. Through my work at The Women’s Center, I already know the impact a fair tax would have. It would allow us to continue to provide vital services to survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence.

But a fair tax wouldn’t just support social service agencies; it would benefit the majority of Illinois families. In fact, current estimates show that a fair tax would result in a tax cut for 90 percent of Illinoisans and raise an additional $1 billion to $3 billion in revenue. That’s why this movement has gained widespread support from Chicago to Carbondale.

A recent poll by the bipartisan Paul Simon Institute revealed that 72 percent of Illinois voters support a fair income tax, and those numbers aren’t just coming out of our state’s urban centers. 68 percent of downstate residents support a fair tax, too.

So, it should come as no surprise to see elected officials like State Rep. Natalie Phelps Finnie show up to learn about and support this issue. The majority of us know it’s the right thing to do.

We need to change the old way of doing business by making our voices heard in Springfield. One of our legislators came to hear us out, so let’s continue to educate our representatives until we get the fair tax we deserve.

Cathy McClanahan

Executive Director,

The Women’s Center

Carbondale

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