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The Illinois House Sunday evening passed both a spending plan and a revenue plan with veto-proof majorities, and sent both to the Illinois Senate for action, while the state still doesn't have an official budget for the fiscal year that started on Saturday.
The revenue plan includes hiking the state personal income tax rate from 3-point-7-5 to 4-point-9-5 percent, which is a 32-percent increase.  Corporate income taxes also go up under the House revenue plan, from 5-point-2-5 to 7 percent.
The Illinois Channel reports House Republican Minority Leader Jim Durkin  complained that “once again” legislators got several hundred pages of spending, of billions of dollars, and had only three hours to review them before voting Sunday evening.  
Area legislators were split on voting for the tax increases.  Republicans Avery Bourne and Tim Butler both voted against them.   Reggie Phillips, whose district includes Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, and Sara Wojcicki Jimenez of Leland Grove, whose district includes Springfield, were among 15 Republicans that voted in favor of the tax hikes.
Both proposals now go to the Illinois Senate for consideration.  The state still doesn't have an official budget, leaving schools, universities, human services, and road projects in limbo.
After Sunday's vote in the Illinois House, Republican Governor Bruce Rauner said if the budget reaches his desk, he'll veto it.

 
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