The citizens of Illinois recently received a tax hike and received nothing in return. Fraud, waste, political games and incompetence are to blame. I hope for the day where we can amend the constitution to have a more progressive tax rate instead of a flat rate. I envision a day where the base rate is back to the old 3%, progressively increasing to a new enacted rate. I know and understand that every penny counts in many households. Everyone understands that you need taxes to fund government. However, when your hard earned money is wasted away, that’s the problem.