News

Quinn Faces Political Challenge Wednesday

Quinn Faces Political Challenge Wednesday

Photo: Newsradio WTAX

Gov. Pat Quinn’s state budget address this week could be the most crucial of his political career.

His pitch to lawmakers comes as Illinois grapples with a major financial dilemma: Whether to extend a temporary income tax increase. And Quinn is facing a serious re-election challenge from Republican venture capitalist Bruce Rauner (ROW’-nur), who already refers to Quinn as “the worst governor in America.”

It’s the first major fiscal issue since Rauner won the GOP nod.

Quinn is expected to reveal plans for when the tax sunsets and leaves a roughly $1.6 billion revenue hole, making deep cuts likely. The speech in Springfield on Wednesday will also be his opportunity to deliver a message to critical groups, like unions, that’ve been displeased with him and that he’ll need come November.

Recent Headlines

in Local

Big Gift from Big Yellow

Fresh
ebola

Caterpillar Foundation gives $1M to fight Ebola

in Local

Harvest Bogs Down

Fresh
crops

Farmers welcome sunny forecast

in Election 2014, Local

We Ask, They Say Whatever They Want

Bruce Rauner (R), Pat Quinn

Quinn, Rauner have final debate; election is in two weeks

in Local

Scouts Hurt in Explosion

police_lights

Severity of burns in Raymond blast unclear

in Local

Springfield School District Still Focusing on Security

school board headquarters

Gill: School district taking on safety head-on