Adopting a progressive income tax will give a tax cut to 97% of Illinoisans while increasing revenues for the state by having the wealthy pay a fair share.

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The Fair Tax Campaign’s Logo

For Illinois voters, there will be a question on the ballot that asks whether the state should repeal the flat tax adopt a progressive income tax structure. The right answer to this referendum is “Yes.”

Illinois currently has a flat 4.95% tax rate, which applies to all incomes equally. This has led to Illinois being one of the most regressive tax structures among states in the country, meaning that middle and lower income residents pay a substantially higher proportion of their income on taxes than wealthier residents. Adopting a progressive income tax would grant the state the ability to change…


But the cultural aura around Jordan is formidable in comparison to James’ grounded reality

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Michael Jordan has gone on over 20 years of being the undisputed greatest player in the history of basketball. This is not without clear reason. His ability and craft made him a dominant player with in the NBA and his impact on the game propelled basketball to becoming a global phenomenon. A perfect NBA Finals record and the means in which he got to that point adds a sort of mysticism that seems inhuman.

Despite all this there is one player who surpasses him in most statistical areas — LeBron James.

James’s career began with impossible expectations, yet he’s lived…


The development of the NBA since His Airness has made a legacy like Jordan’s likely irreplicable

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A more Hollywood script couldn’t be written for the widely claimed “Greatest of All Time.” Michael Jordan enters the NBA an ambitious youngster who takes a franchise in despair to 6 championships. The tale of outworking his competition in order to elevate his game and reach NBA finals, and bring a trophy to Chicago, cements an American value that we see repeatedly in many aspects of our culture. His final shot as a Chicago Bull was even a game-winner to clinch their 6th NBA Finals win.

The mysticism of Jordan’s career helps embolden his status as the GOAT, for it’s…


The President wants to absolve himself of the coronavirus outbreak… don’t buy it

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Credit: Andrea Hanks

A skillful head of state possesses a keen ability to put a spin on something. Taking a terrible circumstance and making the public believe that their leader will be able to guide them through the storm is a necessary task for any sitting president. But what’s worth attention is how the leader carries themself and the nation with them during such an occurrence.

Donald Trump is not unique in attempting to put a spin on the COVID-19 pandemic. However, when the President realized that he couldn’t just ignore the virus that already began to make its way into thousands of…


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Joe Biden speaking at the Presidential Gun Sense Forum in Des Moines, Iowa on Aug. 10, 2019 | Credit: Gage Skidmore

The Democratic race for the presidential nomination has effectively dwindled to two candidates: former Vice President Joe Biden, and Senator Bernie Sanders. While at the beginning of the month the race was looking to potentially end up in a brokered convention, a wave of endorsements from former presidential hopefuls, such as Amy Klobuchar, Beto O’Rourke and Pete Buttigieg, coming in right before Super Tuesday, has propelled Biden to being the front runner after a great showing for the former Vice President in the primaries since.

Some have accused the Democratic Party of conspiring against Senator Sanders in order to prevent…


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Walmart Grocery Checkout Line in Gladstone, Missouri on Apr. 1, 2011 | Credit: Walmart

It’s more than apparent that COVID-19, the 2019 novel coronavirus, has caused major disruption to societal functionality here in the United States. Schools suspending class, restaurants closing dine-in service and an increasing number of states implementing “shelter-in-place” orders have all thrown a wrench into the normality of everyday life.

As this deviation from routine takes drastic effects on the workforce and the economy at large, many Americans are opting to work from home —should their employer allow it.

While some Americans, predominantly those in the upper class, have the ability to work from home, only 29% of all Americans have…


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Occupy Wall Street protests on Oct. 25, 2011 | Credit: Dave Shankbone

Since 2008, the term “bailout” has been popularized by politicians across the left as a result of the federal government having to step in and provide over $600 billion to banks, mortgage corporations, automobile companies and other programs that would provide relief to the economic fallout of the great recession.

But is it correct to assess that the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP), signed by President Bush in late 2008, was simply a bailout of the corrupt financial institutions that created the crisis? Not exactly.

While the TARP undoubtedly did bail out the financial institutions and auto companies that were…


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Credit: Heather Bozman

As the United States’ largest cities continue to be hubs for economic growth, more people find themselves having to move into the boundaries of cities to commute to work. This has drastically driven up housing prices over the last few decades to the point where millennials now spend an average 45% of their income on housing, compared to 36% spent by baby boomers when they were in the first decade of the workforce.

This growing problem has brought back calls for nationwide rent controls from the American political left, like Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Senator Bernie Sanders.

This would be…


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Credit: Mali Maeder

Eating meat, especially red meat, is often demonized as a cause for increased risk of cancer. Many headlines in the media often point to new studies that find evidence for this notion, resulting in people panicking about their diets and cancer risk.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has gone so far as listing processed red meat as being carcinogenic to humans — meaning that it acts as a cause for cancer — and even unprocessed red meat as “probably” carcinogenic to humans.

The WHO based its categorization on research provided by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) which…


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George (James Stewart) and Mary (Donna Reed) in the final act of ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ | Credit: Liberty Films/RKO, Frank Capra

Being a human is hard. We work or study for long hours to often end up dissatisfied with ourselves or our circumstances. Dealing with demoralization constantly throughout a year makes the holidays an especially good time for embracing what makes being human truly special — our ability to connect with one another.

Frank Capra’s holiday classic, “It’s a Wonderful Life,” embodies both these aspects of being human. George shows solidarity with the average person through his inability to feel adequate enough for his work, his family or himself. …

Austin Stadelman

University of Illinois Alum. Writing about the many different corners of politics, economics and culture.

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