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State Senator Mike Jacobs says he and his colleagues need to step up to the plate and tackle the state's multi-billion dollar backlog of bills. 

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The Illinois income tax was raised last year with the intent of paying down the backlog of bills but the state's tab still sits above eight-billion dollars.  Jacobs says if the income tax is scaled back, they'll have to find new ways to generate money or there will be big cuts coming down the pipe. 

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The Illinois income tax rate is scheduled to go down in 2015 but State Senator Mike Jacobs says he doesn't think that's going to happen.  

 
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