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On October 22, the TCDF presented an engaging and informative virtual town hall on the proposed Illinois Fair Tax Amendment. Watch the video here to learn more about how the Fair Tax would affect you, your family, and your community.

The Illinois Fair Tax Amendment is a proposed amendment to the Illinois Constitution that would replace the state’s long-standing “flat tax” requirement for personal income with a graduated income tax, allowing the state government to tax households at different rates based on income.

How would the Illinois Fair Tax work? How would it affect you, your family, and your community?

Join our Virtual Town Hall and get the plain facts from expert speakers.

Date: Thursday, October 22, 2020
Time: 5:45 Login; 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm CDT Program
Location: Zoom Webinar

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The TCDF presented its virtual forum, Community Wealth Building in the Age of Recovery, on September 2, 2020.  An all-star panel of experts gathered for a solutions-oriented conversation on how community wealth building, an asset-based approach to economic development, can address inequities and create more inclusive and resilient local economies where economic opportunity is available to all.

Community Wealth Building

The COVID-19 pandemic is a public health and economic crisis of unprecedented proportions for communities across the country. With millions out of work and resources drying up, communities face a Herculean task of recovery under the most difficult of circumstances. Meanwhile, historically underserved members of our communities risk slipping further and further behind.

After two consecutive months of rising unemployment in Illinois brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Illinois Department of Labor took the positive step of activating the Illinois Preference Act on July 1. Activation of the Act means that from this point forward until unemployment subsides 90% of workers on new and ongoing public works projects throughout the state must live in Illinois. This will help preserve jobs for Illinois workers and needed revenue for Illinois businesses and communities. Activation of the Act triggers certain notification responsibilities on the part of public bodies who undertake these projects. For more information, see the following FAQs:

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