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Quinn Holds on to Income Tax Increase

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Illinois Governor Pat Quinn says he’ll still press for an income tax hike even though he’s gotten no assurances a bill would pass the General Assembly. The governor will give his budget address in less than two weeks.

Quinn says he discussed a tax increase with House Speaker Michael Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton this week.

QUINN: I don’t think they’re cheerleaders for it if you’re asking that question. But we have to do what we have to do for the people. We have to understand that the common good comes first. We put people before politics.

Quinn proposed a 50 percent income tax hike last year. The measure passed in the Senate but stalled in the House of Representatives.

Spokesmen for Madigan and Cullerton say both would vote in favor of an income tax hike. But they think the measure must first gain bipartisan support.

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