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Supporters receive signatures for graduated tax push

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Supporters of a plan to change the Illinois income tax structure say they have collected more than 150,000 signatures in support.

According to the State Journal-Register members of the group A Better Illinois say they hope to keep getting signatures throughout the spring. They are hoping to convince lawmakers to put a constitutional amendment on the 2014 ballot which would allow the state to adopt a graduated or "progressive" tax.

Under a graduated tax, higher earners pay a larger percentage of their income than middle and lower class taxpayers which is similar to the federal income tax.

The Illinois Constitution currently requires a flat income tax and changing it would require a three-fifths vote in the Legislature as well as approval by voters.

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