Tax Credit Scholarship Program

Date(s) - 08/14/18
7:30 am - 9:00 am

Union League Club

Hosted by
Liberty Justice Center

Tax Credit Scholarship Program

Tue, August 14, 2018 7:30 AM – 9:00 AM

In partnership with the Liberty Justice Center, on Tuesday, August 14 the Union League Club of Chicago’s Public Affairs Committee and its Breakfast@65West program series present a timely forum addressing the Illinois Tax Credit Scholarship Program.

In 2017, Illinois enacted the “Invest In Kids Scholarship Tax Credit Program,” which offers a 75% income tax credit to individuals and businesses that contribute to qualified Scholarship Granting Organizations (SGOs). The SGOs then provide scholarships for students whose families meet income requirements to attend qualified, non-public schools in Illinois. The Illinois Department of Revenue is authorized to issue up to $75 million in tax credits per calendar year.

This program, which sunsets in five years, was added to legislation establishing the new funding formula Illinois now uses to allocate funds to local school districts. While proponents view the program as meaningfully expanding choice and opportunity for Illinois students, particularly low-income students, the program is controversial because it indirectly benefits students attending private or religious schools. This timely forum will examine these and other arguments in a debate-style format, moderated by @65West co-chair Chris Robling.

Our panelists are:

State Representative Thomas Morrison (R-54th District)
Kristen McQueary, Chicago Tribune Editorial Board

State Representative Robert Martwick (D-19th District)
State Representative David Harris (R-53rd District)

Breakfast@65West events open at 7:30 a.m. with registration and full buffet breakfast, followed by the program at 8:00 a.m. and adjournment by 9:00. As always, following our panelists’ remarks, there will be an opportunity for audience questions. The cost is $28 per person (includes tax and service charge) plus Eventbrite processing fee and advance registration is required. Also, please note that the Union League Club of Chicago maintains a “business casual” dress code (i.e., no jeans/denim or athletic wear, please).