The Vote Equity Project collected over 250 reform ideas submitted by Chicagoans.

 

Residents from every ward collectively cast 52,000 votes on their top priorities.

These were the top-voted reforms in revenue.

- Revenue -

1. Distribute all citywide TIF revenue equitably to neighborhoods based on factors like area unemployment, income, and past investment.

2. End tax breaks and subsidies for wealthy corporations like Amazon and private development projects like Lincoln Yards

3. Create an income tax for Chicago residents with incomes over $1 million/yr (millionaire's tax), to fund community investment.

4. Implement a progressive income tax to proportionately tax people in different income brackets.

5. Fix the broken property tax system and raise revenue from previously under-taxed downtown commercial and luxury real estate.

 

1. Distribute all citywide TIF revenue equitably to neighborhoods based on factors like area unemployment, income, and past investment.

Our campaign supports the following approaches:
a. Supporting economic growth in ALL neighborhoods
b. End policies that cost taxpayers way more to get far less
c. TIF moratorium

amara enyia
YES

I am for a progressive income tax on the state level. I do not believe hard-working Chicagoans can afford to pay new taxes that only they pay.

bob fioretti
YES

No additional response provided.

lashawn ford
YES

I will reform the TIF system to serve its original purpose - promoting economic development in blighted neighborhoods, and work with Fritz Kaegi to fix our broken property tax system so low and middle income homeowners are treated fairly.

lori lightfoot
YES

I will fight for a progressive income tax, responsibly legalized recreational marijuana, opening a Chicago casino, and for allowing limited video gambling. I will stand against regressive taxes that burden Chicago’s working families.

susana mendoza
YES

It is a priority for my administration to implement a progressive income tax and generate progressive revenue through TIFs, to be directed to public schools. I have always advocated for a fair, equitable property tax system.

toni preckwinkle
YES

We will use TIF revenues to invest in the City to fund/support budget & we will ensure all new & expiring TIFs contribute to blighted communities in the way they were intended. Chicago needs to attract world-class businesses while nurturing small businesses in neighborhoods. We need Amazon-like deals for local businesses w/equity in large deals (e.g. Amazon).

paul vallas
no response

Gery Chico,
William M. Daley,
Neal Sáles-Griffin,
Jerry Joyce,
John Kozlar,
Garry McCarthy, and
Willie Wilson

did not respond.

other candidates
no response
 

2. End tax breaks and subsidies for wealthy corporations like Amazon and private development projects like Lincoln Yards.

Our campaign supports the following approaches:
a. Supporting economic growth in ALL neighborhoods
b. End policies that cost taxpayers way more to get far less
c. TIF moratorium

amara enyia
YES

I am for a progressive income tax on the state level. I do not believe hard-working Chicagoans can afford to pay new taxes that only they pay.

bob fioretti
YES

No additional response provided.

lashawn ford
YES

I will reform the TIF system to serve its original purpose - promoting economic development in blighted neighborhoods, and work with Fritz Kaegi to fix our broken property tax system so low and middle income homeowners are treated fairly.

lori lightfoot
NO RESPONSE

I will fight for a progressive income tax, responsibly legalized recreational marijuana, opening a Chicago casino, and for allowing limited video gambling. I will stand against regressive taxes that burden Chicago’s working families.

susana mendoza
NO

It is a priority for my administration to implement a progressive income tax and generate progressive revenue through TIFs, to be directed to public schools. I have always advocated for a fair, equitable property tax system.

toni preckwinkle
YES

We will use TIF revenues to invest in the City to fund/support budget & we will ensure all new & expiring TIFs contribute to blighted communities in the way they were intended. Chicago needs to attract world-class businesses while nurturing small businesses in neighborhoods. We need Amazon-like deals for local businesses w/equity in large deals (e.g. Amazon).

paul vallas
NO RESPONSE

Gery Chico,
William M. Daley,
Neal Sáles-Griffin,
Jerry Joyce,
John Kozlar,
Garry McCarthy, and
Willie Wilson

did not respond.

other candidates
no response
 

3. Create an income tax for Chicago residents with incomes over $1 million/yr (millionaire's tax), to fund community investment.

Our campaign supports the following approaches:
a. Supporting economic growth in ALL neighborhoods
b. End policies that cost taxpayers way more to get far less
c. TIF moratorium

amara enyia
No response

I am for a progressive income tax on the state level. I do not believe hard-working Chicagoans can afford to pay new taxes that only they pay.

bob fioretti
NO

No additional response provided.

lashawn ford
YES

I will reform the TIF system to serve its original purpose - promoting economic development in blighted neighborhoods, and work with Fritz Kaegi to fix our broken property tax system so low and middle income homeowners are treated fairly.

lori lightfoot
NO response

I will fight for a progressive income tax, responsibly legalized recreational marijuana, opening a Chicago casino, and for allowing limited video gambling. I will stand against regressive taxes that burden Chicago’s working families.

susana mendoza
NO

It is a priority for my administration to implement a progressive income tax and generate progressive revenue through TIFs, to be directed to public schools. I have always advocated for a fair, equitable property tax system.

toni preckwinkle
YES

We will use TIF revenues to invest in the City to fund/support budget & we will ensure all new & expiring TIFs contribute to blighted communities in the way they were intended. Chicago needs to attract world-class businesses while nurturing small businesses in neighborhoods. We need Amazon-like deals for local businesses w/equity in large deals (e.g. Amazon).

paul vallas
NO

Gery Chico,
William M. Daley,
Neal Sáles-Griffin,
Jerry Joyce,
John Kozlar,
Garry McCarthy, and
Willie Wilson

did not respond.

other candidates
no response
 

4. Implement a progressive income tax to proportionately tax people in different income brackets.

Our campaign supports the following approaches:
a. Supporting economic growth in ALL neighborhoods
b. End policies that cost taxpayers way more to get far less
c. TIF moratorium

amara enyia
YES

I am for a progressive income tax on the state level. I do not believe hard-working Chicagoans can afford to pay new taxes that only they pay.

bob fioretti
NO

No additional response provided.

lashawn ford
YES

I will reform the TIF system to serve its original purpose - promoting economic development in blighted neighborhoods, and work with Fritz Kaegi to fix our broken property tax system so low and middle income homeowners are treated fairly.

lori lightfoot
YES

I will fight for a progressive income tax, responsibly legalized recreational marijuana, opening a Chicago casino, and for allowing limited video gambling. I will stand against regressive taxes that burden Chicago’s working families.

susana mendoza
YES

It is a priority for my administration to implement a progressive income tax and generate progressive revenue through TIFs, to be directed to public schools. I have always advocated for a fair, equitable property tax system.

toni preckwinkle
YES

We will use TIF revenues to invest in the City to fund/support budget & we will ensure all new & expiring TIFs contribute to blighted communities in the way they were intended. Chicago needs to attract world-class businesses while nurturing small businesses in neighborhoods. We need Amazon-like deals for local businesses w/equity in large deals (e.g. Amazon).

paul vallas
NO

Gery Chico,
William M. Daley,
Neal Sáles-Griffin,
Jerry Joyce,
John Kozlar,
Garry McCarthy, and
Willie Wilson

did not respond.

other candidates
no response
 

5. Fix the broken property tax system and raise revenue from previously under-taxed downtown commercial and luxury real estate.

Our campaign supports the following approaches:
a. Supporting economic growth in ALL neighborhoods
b. End policies that cost taxpayers way more to get far less
c. TIF moratorium

amara enyia
YES

I am for a progressive income tax on the state level. I do not believe hard-working Chicagoans can afford to pay new taxes that only they pay.

bob fioretti
YES

No additional response provided.

lashawn ford
YES

I will reform the TIF system to serve its original purpose - promoting economic development in blighted neighborhoods, and work with Fritz Kaegi to fix our broken property tax system so low and middle income homeowners are treated fairly.

lori lightfoot
YES

I will fight for a progressive income tax, responsibly legalized recreational marijuana, opening a Chicago casino, and for allowing limited video gambling. I will stand against regressive taxes that burden Chicago’s working families.

susana mendoza
YES

It is a priority for my administration to implement a progressive income tax and generate progressive revenue through TIFs, to be directed to public schools. I have always advocated for a fair, equitable property tax system.

toni preckwinkle
YES

We will use TIF revenues to invest in the City to fund/support budget & we will ensure all new & expiring TIFs contribute to blighted communities in the way they were intended. Chicago needs to attract world-class businesses while nurturing small businesses in neighborhoods. We need Amazon-like deals for local businesses w/equity in large deals (e.g. Amazon).

paul vallas
YES

Gery Chico,
William M. Daley,
Neal Sáles-Griffin,
Jerry Joyce,
John Kozlar,
Garry McCarthy, and
Willie Wilson

did not respond.

other candidates
no response

Aldermanic candidates responses 

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