2017-04-16: The Illinois Green Party Coordinating Committee endorsed the Illinois General Assembly Minimum Wage Increase Bill (HB198). This bill calls for raising the Illinois minimum wage to $9 per hour in 2018, effective Jan. 1, 2018 and then $10 in 2019, $11.25 in 2020, $13 in 2021 and $15 in 2021.
2017-04-16: The Illinois Green Party Coordinating Committee endorsed the Illinois General Assembly Ranked Choice Voting Bill (SB780). This bill calls for members of the General Assembly and the offices of Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of State, Comptroller, and Treasurer to be elected by ranked choice voting.
2017-03-19: The Illinois Green Party Coordinating Committee has endorsed Illinois General Assembly Senate Bill SB1970, a new version of the proposed "LaSalle Street Tax." This would place a tax of $1 or $2 on trades of options, futures, and other derivatives (average contract value: aprox. $285,000 per trade) at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, Board Options Exchange, and Board of Trade.
If enacted, the tax would raise an estimated $12 billion a year, which would eliminate Illinois' structural deficit and allow us to adequately fund our schools, higher education and vital services, while paying down the state's public pension debt.