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Illinois Victories May Fuel Pritzker's Graduated Income Tax, But It's Easier Said Than Done

To change how income taxes in the state are collected is a three-step process

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    NEWSLETTERS

    What Does Tuesday's Election Mean to Illinois?

    There was big news nationally in the House and Senate Tuesday, but what do the results of the 2018 midterm election mean to Illinois? NBC 5 Political Reporter Carol Marin breaks it all down. 

     

    (Published Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018)

    The signature issue for J.B. Pritzker has been changing the state's flat tax rate to a graduated tax rate. It's easier said than done, but Tuesday night's victories pave the way for Pritzker and Democrats to move forward.

    During the campaign, Pritzker refused over and over to say what rates he prefers. Bruce Rauner constantly said Pritzker will raise taxes, and Pritzker countered that only the wealthiest will pay more.

    To change how income taxes in the state are collected is a three-step process.

    First, both Houses in the Legislature must approve -- by a three-fifths vote in each chamber -- a referendum to be placed on the next state-wide ballot.

    Pritzker Praises Voters in Election Night Victory Speech

    [CHI] 'The Levers of Our Democracy Still Work,' A Victorious Pritzker Says

    A victorious J.B. Pritzker addressed his supporters Tuesday night after beating out Gov. Bruce Rauner in a massively expensive and bitter election.

    (Published Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018)

    Voters will then have to approve the referendum, which then goes back to the Legislature for yet another vote.

    It's a long process that could take up almost the entirety of Pritzker's term.

    Still, with substantial Democratic victories Tuesday night in the Illinois House and Senate, it is doable without Republican support.

    So with the Democratic gains, what happens?

    The Democrats will have super majorities in both the House and the Senate, and they will control all statewide offices.

    The Illinois Republican Party will need a long and careful analysis on how to go forward.

    Rauner Calls For Unity in Concession Speech

    [CHI] Rauner Calls For Unity in Concession Speech
    Gov. Bruce Rauner called for an end to partisan politics Tuesday in his concession speech after losing his bid for re-election to J.B. Pritzker.
    (Published Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018)

    For the last four election cycles, Republican candidates have made House Speaker Mike Madigan the poster child for all things bad in state government.

    That strategy has not worked.

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