The Daily Northwestern: Evanston residents gather to hear Pritzker’s budget plan, expressing concern over proposed pension liabilities

The Center for Tax and Budget Accountability and the office of Illinois Rep. Robyn Gabel (D-Evanston) hosted a town hall Tuesday night to give residents an overview of Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s proposed Fair Income Tax, discuss pensions and to address other budget-related issues.

Gabel, Illinois Rep. Jennifer Gong-Gershowitz (D-Evanston) and state Sen. Laura Fine (D-Evanston), attended the event at Evanston Public Library. The town hall centered on a presentation by Ralph M. Martire, executive director of the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability. Martire discussed issues that have arisen from Illinois’ projected spending compared to its past and predicted revenue.

“The state’s fiscal problems are really long term, substantial and complex and solving them won’t involve some magic silver bullet,” Martire said. “There are a number of different things that have to happen.”

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