(SPRINGFIELD) The Illinois House has endorsed the idea of switching to a graduated income tax. The Democrats who control the State House voted 61 to 52 yesterday on a resolution calling for the change. Switching from Illinois’ flat income tax would require a constitutional amendment and the earliest voters could consider the plan would be in the year 2020. Those in favor of the plan say it would tax wealthier people at a higher percentage than those with lower incomes. Currently, all individuals pay 4.95 percent.
(SPRINGFIELD) Some Illinois lawmakers oppose a state budget that includes funding for abortions. While the legislation was signed into law last year, expanding state health insurance and Medicaid coverage for abortions, there’s no funding in place as of yet and those opposed to the plan say they want a floor vote on financing abortions separate from a vote on the state budget. The General Assembly, including both the State House and State Senate, is scheduled to adjourn the spring legislative session in Springfield tomorrow.
(CHICAGO) Governor Bruce Rauner has granted five (5) clemency petitions while denying fifty-nine (59) others. This was the 25th set of petitions that the Governor has reviewed since taking office over three years ago. Each person granted clemency has recently undergone a criminal background check through the Illinois State Police’s Law Enforcement Agencies Data System. A granted clemency request for a pardon with expungement allows the petitioner to seek expungement of their conviction through the court system.