Presidential candidates, graduated income tax appear on 2020 ballot

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Willie Wilson departs a news conference at the Thompson Center in Chicago on May 12. Wilson is running as an independent under the Willie Wilson Party.

By JJ Kim, Editor-in-Chief

Who’s on the ballot? Here is a brief overview of what voters registered in Champaign-Urbana will see on their ballot. 

Illinois Allow for Graduated Income Tax Amendment (Illinois Fair Tax)

The Illinois Allow for Graduated Income Tax Amendment would repeal the state’s constitutional requirement that the state’s personal income tax is a flat rate across all incomes. This ballot measure would pave the way for a graduated income tax, which means there would be different income tax rates applied to different levels of income. 

All financial figures are from the Federal Election Commission’s website. 

President of the United States

Donald Trump (Incumbent)

Republican Party

Mike Pence (Running mate)

Quick Facts:

Total Campaign Receipts: $533,843,893.29

Total Campaign Disbursements: $509,522,429.75

Joe Biden

Democratic Party

Kamala D. Harris (Running mate)

Quick Facts:

Total Campaign Receipts: $952,239,369.70

Total Campaign Disbursements: $790,193,382.80

Brian T. Carroll 

American Solidarity Party

Amar Patel (Running mate)

Quick Fact: 

Carroll’s three priorities if elected would be “climate protection, health care for all and protection of life from conception to natural death” according to his Ballotpedia candidate survey.  

Howie Hawkins 

Green Party

Angela Nicole Walker (Running mate)

Quick Facts:

Total Campaign Receipts: $463,084.18

Total Campaign Disbursements: $441,536.69

Jo Jorgensen

Libertarian Party

Spike Cohen (Running mate)

Quick Facts: 

Total Campaign Receipts: $2,944,056.70

Total Campaign Disbursements: $2,771,493.21

Gloria La Riva 

Party for Socialism and Liberation 

Leonard Peltier (Running mate)

Quick Facts: 

Total Campaign Receipts: $27,720.48

Total Campaign Disbursements: $26,941.26

U.S. Senate Illinois

Dick Durbin (Incumbent)

Democratic Party

Quick Fact: 

U.S. senator of Illinois since 1997

Mark Curran 

Republican Party

Quick Fact:

Curran’s stance on abortion, “I am proud to be pro-life—a conviction that is rooted in my Catholic faith.” According to his response to Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection. 

David Black 

Green Party

Quick Fact:

Black spent 37 years practicing law in Northern Illinois representing autoworkers in their everyday legal needs according to his website. 

Danny Malouf

Libertarian Party

Quick Fact:

Malouf is a 32-year-old human resources manager and volunteer youth wrestling coach.

Willie Wilson 

Willie Wilson Party

Quick Fact: 

Wilson was a candidate for mayor of Chicago in 2019 but lost. 

U.S. House Illinois District 13

Rodney Davis (Incumbent)

Rep. Rodney Davis speaks during a hearing before the House Administration Committee on Jan. 9 on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. Davis is running as a republican. (Photo Courtesy of Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Republican Party

Quick Fact: 

Total Receipts: $4,473,746.80

Total Disbursements: $3,261,102.56

Betsy Londrigan 

Democratic Party

Total Receipts: $4,657,202.83

Total Disbursements: $4,161,641.32

Illinois State Senate District 52

Scott M. Bennett (Incumbent)

Democratic Party

Quick Facts: 

Bennett has been a member of the Illinois State Senate since 2015 and is the chair of the Illinois State Senate’s Agriculture Committee.

Alexander Ruggieri 

Republican Party

Quick Fact: 

Ruggieri says he’s against the proposed graduated state income tax according to Illinois Newsroom.

Illinois House of Representatives District 103

Carol Ammons (Incumbent) 

Democratic Party

Quick Facts: 

State Rep. Carol Ammons assumed office in 2015 and was appointed to the Supreme Court Commission on Pretrial Practices Final Report Implementation Task Force on July 15, 2020.

Brad Bielert

Libertarian Party

Quick Fact:

Bielert was born and raised in Champaign and opened a mechanics business out of his home, according to his website.

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