Don’t even think about it

As lawmakers return to Springfield, let them how you feel about a tax hike

Posted 1/11/21

House Speaker Michael Madigan called his members back to Springfield Friday. Republicans are bracing for a sneak attack: an income tax hike jammed through the House and Senate in short order by a …

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Don’t even think about it

As lawmakers return to Springfield, let them how you feel about a tax hike

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House Speaker Michael Madigan called his members back to Springfield Friday. Republicans are bracing for a sneak attack: an income tax hike jammed through the House and Senate in short order by a lame duck legislature and an embattled speaker.

House Republican Leader Jim Durkin is urging Illinois voters to call their legislators now to let them know how they feel.

Leading Democrats have rejected the notion of a tax hike during the upcoming lame duck session. It can only happen if Gov. J.B. Pritzker is on board. He hasn’t been holding public events of late.

Are Republicans touched by a sense of paranoia on an impending tax vote? If so, they have some justification.

The 2011 income tax hike that raised income taxes 67% unfolded in late night drama on the final day of that year’s January lame duck session.

A dozen or so lawmakers who were retiring or who lost their elections — but were still seated — cut personal deals for themselves and voted in favor of the tax hike. It was an orchestrated rip off.

Just last month, Madigan told the Legislative Black Caucus he would be willing to wrestle votes for an income tax hike if Pritzker backed one. According to the Chicago Sun-Times, Madigan told the caucus he would be “prepared to vote for that, presuming it’s the governor’s request.”

Consider this. Lt. Gov. Juliana Stratton previously threatened a 20% income tax hike if the governor’s amendment for a graduated income tax failed on Nov. 3.

Which it did.

Resoundingly.

Given this state’s history of financial mismanagement, Republicans were wise to get in front of the issue and get Democratic leaders on record they have no plans to push an income tax hike.

Beyond this brief lame duck session, though, who knows?

Astoundingly, Madigan continues to receive the backing of most of his Democratic members for another term as speaker. The vote to reelect him, or not, is scheduled for Jan. 13.

Many lawmakers aren’t taking calls on the matter and have not answered questions about whether they’ll support him. That should alarm every constituent in those districts.

We are represented by Republicans In Edgar County. But let you know how you feel now — before anything  happens.