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Member Education: Graduated Income Tax Amendment Presentation

Wednesday, October 7 at 10AM

Illinois voters are being asked to choose between preserving the state's constitutionally-mandated flat income tax or changing the constitution to allow for graduated tax rates on different income levels on Nov. 3. Original research by the Illinois Policy Institute shows replacing Illinois’ flat tax with a progressive tax system would cause deep hurt to already overburdened taxpayers, especially as nearly 700,000 Illinoisans are still out of work and struggling to recover from the COVID-19 economic crisis. Illinois Policy Institute's chief economist, Orphe Divounguy, can explain how typical McLean County families and businesses would be affected by the progressive income tax, should voters approve it, as well as what other policy solutions the state should consider.

Dr. Orphe Divounguy is the chief economist at the Illinois Policy Institute.

Divounguy’s work has been published in CNN Business, USA Today, the Washington Examiner, the Chicago Tribune, Crain’s Chicago Business, The Wall Street Journal, Newsday and more. Divounguy has also appeared on ABC 7 Chicago, the city’s top TV news station, and numerous radio outlets across the nation.

Divounguy earned a doctorate in economics from England’s University of Southampton. Before his time in higher education, Divounguy interned at the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs in New York, and Cato Institute in Washington, D.C. His work at the United Nations focused on financing for development and poverty eradication.