An argument for inflating Illinois’ flat income tax

Kiichiro Sato, AP

Kiichiro Sato, AP

In a column advocating a higher state income tax, Chicago Tribune columnist Melissa Harris cites a study by CUPPA’s Voorhees Center for Neighborhood and Community Improvement that included a “gentrification index” showing that more Chicago neighborhoods are declining than are gentrifying.

A recent analysis by the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Nathalie P. Voorhees Center found the worst parts of Chicago are getting bigger. Chicago neighborhoods of low and very low socioeconomic status have grown from 29 in 1970 to 45 in 2010 while just nine neighborhoods have gentrified or are gentrifying, the study found.

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