A casino for Chicago, private school vouchers, mounting deficits and doomsday budgets. Those are big topics in the Illinois legislature these days. And they were just as big almost two decades ago when Philip J.
More than half the tax increase now awaiting Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn's signature is supposed to be phased out after a few years. But the last time lawmakers passed an income tax hike that was "temporary," it didn't stay that way. Short-term pain is easier to absorb than long-term pain.