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Illinois Congressional Candidate Criticizes Trump Tax Plan

L. Brian Stauffer/University of Illinois

An Illinois Democrat seeking the nomination to run against incumbent Republican U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis says the GOP tax plan unveiled this week is “more of the same.”

Jon Ebel says Republicans haven’t released details, but the outline he’s seen resembles cuts enacted by Presidents Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush. 

"And not only do we see the parallels but then we can sort of look forward to what the consequences of those are going to be … and it is going to be the cost borne by those who are least able to do it," he said. 

Ebel says any tax proposal he would support would have to ease the tax burden on low and middle income people, and begin taxing capital gains and carried interest as ordinary income; these currently are taxed at a lower rate.


Ebel is one of four Democrats hoping to oppose Davis, of Taylorville, in next year’s election. The others are David Gill of Bloomington, Erik Jones of Edwardsville, and Betsy Londrigan of Springfield.


  • Illinois Public Media's Brian Moline contributed to this article.