News

Spkr. Madigan Has 34 Votes for Tax Hike; Needs 60

Spkr. Madigan Has 34 Votes for Tax Hike; Needs 60

Photo: Newsradio WTAX/Seth Perlman

House Speaker Michael Madigan says he doesn’t have the votes to extend Illinois’ income tax increase and is moving forward with a budget that doesn’t rely on it.

He met with the House Democratic caucus late Wednesday. He says 34 members said they’d vote to make the temporary tax hike permanent. It takes 60 House votes for approval.

Madigan says “the clock is ticking” and lawmakers are getting closer to the May 31 adjournment. The House last week approved a $37.1 billion 2015 budget that depended on the tax hike.

But with that funding level unlikely, Madigan says he’s instructed legislators to draft a budget based on revenue of about $34.5 billion. Madigan says lawmakers may see that budget and be swayed to vote for the tax increase.

Recent Headlines

in Local

U.S. Attorney James Lewis: Racially Biased?

courthouse

Questions have been raised about possible racial bias on behalf of U.S. Attorney James Lewis.

in Local

Cattle Rustling: 18-year-old Gets 180 Days In Jail

gavel2

18-Year-Old gets 180 days in jail for taking part in cattle rustling.

in Local

Cuba Relations: Could Be Boon For Illinois Farmers

farm

A relationship with Cuba could mean up to $7 million more a year for Illinois Farmers.

in Local

Prison Lockdown: Chicken Pox To Blame

jail

Chicken Pox has locked down Illinois prisons.

in Local

Illinois Tollway Expects Spike in Holiday Traffic

IL Tollways

Free coffee will also be available at tollway oases.