PEORIA, Ill., — Thursday, neighbors learned more about Governor J.B. Pritzker’s progressive income tax plan, what he calls Illinois Fair Tax, and how it can affect their communities.
Local organizations like Peoria Federation of Teachers and SEIU Healthcare collaborated to put on a Fair Tax Town Hall at Lincoln Library.
Summer interns with Peoria People’s Project helped present an in-depth presentation at the town hall.
The interns said they want people to learn how the tax could benefit their community.
Throughout the town hall, people participated in interactive activities like budgeting.
They also experimented with the fair tax calculators, launched by Governor Pritzker earlier this year.
One intern said that being uninformed is what hurts the community most…And is confident that the audience left the town hall today with a better understanding.
“I think the way we did the activities that were interactive kind of…put the citizens in the position where they see that they do have power they do have say and voting does really matter,” Peoria People’s Project intern Mariama Ford said.
The fair tax passed this session, but you still have to vote on it.
The move would require an amendment to the state’s constitution, which means in 2020, you have to vote yes or no.
On August 3, the Peoria People’s Project will go door to door to spread awareness.
If you are interested in knocking doors with them they will meet at Logan Recreational Center Pavilion at 10 a.m.