Illinois is a one of many states (e.g. California) that highlights the evils of progressivism applied wholesale. It is worth holding up as an example of the latest problems with the trillions of dollars of unfunded public pension liabilities (much covered on RR) that are plastered over the nation’s fiscal landscape. Today the state, a leader in corruption and crime, remains in a deep hole of public pension debt from which it hasn’t been able to dig itself out with past tax increases. So now it’s time to raise them again. (Here are some Illinois rankings published by their own Chicago Tribune.)
At issue is the replacement of the state’s flat income tax with a progressive version like we have in California – the more you make, the higher tax rate you pay. And as in California, this has already caused an outmigration from the ranks of the state’s high earning residents. But that makes no never mind to the public service employee unions like SEIU who are now being joined by some of the most misguided Christian clergy on God’s green earth.