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Think Big Illinois is committed to addressing the challenges our state faces and creating an Illinois where everyone can thrive.
Advocating For A Fair Tax
We need bold, progressive policies to help our working families get ahead, including the implementation of a fair tax. Right now Illinois suffers from one of the most unfair income tax systems in the country, a system that has helped cause many of the challenges our state faces and which makes solving them very difficult. A fair tax would ensure everyone pays their share, boost the middle class, and increase much-needed revenue for the state. The fair tax will be on the ballot in November 2020, and Think Big Illinois will be making the case to Illinoisans why it’s the right choice for our state.
Creating A More Equal Criminal Justice System
Think Big Illinois believes in reforming our criminal justice system to ensure it is more fair and equal for all residents. Whether it’s ending the era of mass incarceration or helping Illinoisans re-enter their communities successfully to reduce recidivism rates, we are committed to making Illinois a state we can all be proud of.
Protecting Our Immigrant Communities
Our diverse immigrant population, made up of 1.8 million immigrants, 450,000 undocumented residents, and 42,000 DACA recipients, is one of Illinois' greatest strengths. Think Big Illinois is dedicated to protecting and supporting our immigrant communities, from finding a path to citizenship for our Dreamers to advocating for Governor Pritzker's efforts to enforce the Illinois TRUST Act.
Fighting For The Rights Of All Illinoisans
Think Big Illinois will always fight for the rights of all our residents. Whether it’s defending women’s rights to make their own healthcare decisions or protecting our LGBTQ community from discrimination and hate, we will make Illinois a state where everyone feels safe and welcome.
Expanding Access To Affordable Healthcare
Healthcare is a right and all Illinoisans should have access to quality healthcare services without having to worry about how to pay for it. That’s why Think Big Illinois supports Governor Pritzker’s plan to implement IllinoisCares, which would allow all residents to buy into the Medicaid system. IllinoisCares would provide more affordable coverage to all families at no added cost to taxpayers.
Fixing Our Crumbling Infrastructure
The recently passed capital bill championed by Governor Pritzker is critical to ensuring Illinois remains a transportation and economic hub in the 21st century. This infrastructure plan will help fix our crumbling system, which is key to supporting our economy and the quality of life for all our families.
Raising The Minimum Wage
Think Big Illinois is proud of the role we played to pass a $15 minimum wage, and looks forward to seeing how it will help our working families. A $15 minimum wage is an important step towards ensuring all families can get ahead, benefiting more than 40% of Illinois workers, lifting 212,000 people out of poverty, and saving more than $1.1 billion in taxpayer dollars.
Investing In Education
Nothing is more important than investing in Illinois’s future, which is why we need a strong education system that puts children on the pathway to success from birth. Adding more teachers and classrooms to our education system and helping make quality education accessible for all families are important steps toward helping our students get ahead. And it is important that education in Illinois be funded more at the state level so that having the schools our kids deserve does not require local residents increasingly paying more in property taxes.
Think Big Illinois is proud of the role we played to pass legalization of marijuana. It will help end the era of mass incarceration, bring economic opportunity to our communities, reduce the number of opioid deaths, and create much-needed revenue for our state. We look forward to seeing the positive impact marijuana legalization will have on Illinois in the years to come.