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Lawmakers count their income tax increase chickens before they're hatched

Scott ReederJournalist

May 08, 2014

It’s no secret that legislative leaders and Gov. Pat Quinn want to make the temporary income tax permanent, but what is surprising is that lawmakers are drafting a budget based on a tax hike that has yet to pass.

“They are putting the cart before the horse,” said state Rep. Jeanne Ives, R-Wheaton. “If they want to pass a tax hike, they should pass it and then consider what revenues they have. The approach they are taking makes no sense.”

Ives, who sits on the House Appropriations Committee for Elementary and Secondary Education, said when she expressed…

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