Faith & Economic Justice


Urge your Illinois legislators to expand the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) to make the Illinois tax code fairer for working families who live in poverty.

Our children, families and communities are in grave danger. Losing around $2 billion in revenue would force unprecedented, disastrous cuts to education and human services.

We are more than halfway through the Illinois General Assembly's Spring Session, which is scheduled to adjourn on May 31, 2014. Thanks to your advocacy, momentum is building for CRS' 2014 Legislative Platform.

On Tuesday, April 8, the Community Renewal Society was, evidently, guilty of abuse.

Two bills currently being considered--one in Springfield and the other in Washington--could, if enacted, result in positive benefits for low-income families.

We have to assume, I think, that they didn’t come as a cohort – the Pharisees and Sadducees, that is. Just some, maybe only a few, of each group appeared out there in the wilderness of Judea, where John the Baptizer was dipping people in the Jordan River – those who heeded his call to repent.

Illinois needs a fair tax. The current flat-rate income tax structure is unfair, inadequate, and unjust. We ask you to stand with us and _A Better Illinois_ and support a constitutional amendment that allows a fair tax—a graduated income tax.

It’s pretty typical for we Americans to think we’re number one, especially when it comes to wealth. But we’re not.

Throughout the session, our organizing, advocacy, and coalition efforts led to good results in Springfield--all of which will make a positive difference for children, youth, families and adults who live in poverty.

With adjournment of the Illinois General Assembly set for the end of May, there is urgent work to be done on the 2014 budget. We need to close some tax loopholes in order to reduce some of the proposed cuts to services.


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