WBEZ | Rhonda Jones http://www.wbez.org/tags/rhonda-jones Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Working families get boost under new tax law http://www.wbez.org/story/working-families-get-boost-under-new-tax-law-95441 <p><p>Low income Illinois families will get bigger tax refunds under legislation signed into law Tuesday.</p><p>Gov. Pat Quinn put his signature on a bill helping poor, working families. Single parents working a minimum wage job earning about $12,800 annually will save about $150 on their taxes next year. A married couple with three children earning $30,000 a year will save about $199 on their taxes.</p><p>The new law will help people like Rhonda Jones, who has three kids in college and two in high school.</p><p>"I use the money for practical things like paying down bills and/or getting ahead of my bills or to make repairs to, or purchase, a new used vehicle to get the kids around -- or maybe get the kids a couple of new outfits or to fill up the deep freezer," she said at a Tuesday press conference where Quinn signed the legislation.</p><p>Jones is a single mother who works in a school counseling office. She is one of nearly a million Illinois workers eligible for the expanded earned income tax credit. The tax credit was the counterpart to a bill Quinn signed in December giving tax breaks to two businesses, Sears Corp. and CME Group.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Tue, 10 Jan 2012 22:12:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/working-families-get-boost-under-new-tax-law-95441