State Senate Approves Democrat-Backed Budget Package

May 23, 2017
The Illinois Statehouse in Springfield

The Illinois Statehouse in Springfield.

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The Illinois Senate has voted 33-23, with two voting Present, to approve a $5 billion income tax increase to fund what Democrats say would be a balanced, $37.3 billion budget.  

A Democratic majority pushed the measures through (SB6 & SB 42) despite opposition from Republicans. All Senate Republicans and three of the Democrats voted against the bills. 

Sen. Toi Hutchinson said there's little time left and the House must have a chance to debate the budget before the scheduled May 31 adjournment. The Olympia Fields Democrat sponsored the tax bill that increases the personal income tax from 3.75 percent to 4.95 percent. Sales taxes would be applied to services for the first time.  

Spending plan sponsor Sen. Heather Steans of Chicago says the $37.3 billion spending outline matches the one GOP Gov. Bruce Rauner introduced in February. She says many of the $3 billion in spending reductions were proposed by the GOP.  

Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan of Chicago released a statement saying his budget experts will carefully consider the proposals. That's a panel of House Democrats, which includes St. Rep. Carol Ammons of Urbana.

Gov. Bruce Rauner said in a statement released before Tuesday's vote that any budget package must include "real property tax relief", that is, a permanent freeze on local property taxes 

Story source: AP