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ENDORSEMENT: Robert F. Martwick for Illinois House in the 19th District

To stop middle- and working-class families from fleeing the state, Democratic state Rep. Robert F. Martwick is convinced Illinois must change the way it taxes income.

Only then, he says, can our state ease the burden of property taxes, and eliminate the stack of unpaid bills and pension obligations that threaten to paralyze state government, properly fund schools and create the tax stability that businesses crave.

To Martwick’s thinking, there is no honest alternative to a graduated, or progressive, income tax modeled on one in Wisconsin.

Republicans hate that. They also, as Martwick says, have never come up with a feasible alternative.

“So when people criticize my plan, I say, ‘That’s fine. Where’s yours? Show me your math,'” he told the Sun-Times Editorial Board.

We endorse Martwick over Republican Ammie Kessem, a sergeant with the Chicago Police Department.

Illinois House 19th District covers the Chicago neighborhoods of Jefferson Park and Dunning, as well as Harwood Heights | Tanveer Ali/Sun-Times
Illinois House 19th District covers the Chicago neighborhoods of Jefferson Park and Dunning, as well as Harwood Heights | Tanveer Ali/Sun-Times

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