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State House Speaker Madigan Calls For Tax Hike

A year ago, Illinois' income tax rate fell by 25-percent. The top Democrat in the Illinois House is suggesting is go back up.  IPR's Amanda Vinicky reports.

Following a rare speech at the City Club of Chicago, longtime House Speaker Michael Madigan was asked this question about the state budget:

"How high do you think taxes need to go?"

Madigan tried to avoid getting specific, saying at first:

"Alright, let me avoid creating a headline for tomorrow's newspaper..." ( AUDIENCE LAUGHS).

He did it anyway.

"A good place to begin, good place to begin would be the level we were at before the income tax expired. And starting there you can go in whatever direction you want to go."

Illinois raised the income tax rate in 2011, but only temporarily. It partially rolled back at the start of 2015, falling from 5 percent to 3.75 percent for individuals.

That's contributed a deficit in the state budget.

WGLT Senior Reporter Charlie Schlenker has spent more than three award-winning decades in radio. He lives in Normal with his family.
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