Quinn Pushes for Income Tax Hike, Warns of Consequences

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn continues to warn that there'll be dire consequences if lawmakers don't raise state income taxes to fill budget holes.

Quinn visited the Chicago Food Depository on Monday to highlight the cuts to human services that may be made if lawmakers don't send him a new balanced budget by July 1, when the fiscal year starts.

"This is an emergency, an economic emergency. Our country is in two wars.  Our economy, on the national level, is sputtering.  So in these crisis times, we have to make sacrifices," Quinn said.

The Democrat has made repeated appeals to lawmakers to raise income taxes. He's slated to meet with legislators Tuesday in Chicago.

Quinn said lawmakers should examine their consciences, and he said he's optimistic that some will change their minds about increasing taxes.

Lawmakers have passed a budget that keeps government running, but some said it could force $7 billion in cuts.

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