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Quinn: Lawmakers not cheering for a tax increase

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[February 27, 2010]  CHICAGO (AP) -- Illinois Senate President John Cullerton believes any income tax increase must pass with bipartisan support.

HardwareThat's according to Cullerton spokeswoman Rikeesha Phelon. She was responding to Gov. Pat Quinn, who said Friday that Cullerton and House Speaker Michael Madigan aren't "cheerleaders" for an income tax increase.

Cullerton's Democrat-controlled Senate passed an income tax increase last year, but Madigan won't commit to calling a House vote on it. Republicans have blasted the idea of raising taxes.

Phelon says if Republicans won't take "responsible action," then Cullerton has encouraged Quinn to propose "a very real picture" of what state finances will look like without a tax increase.

The governor's budget office has estimated Illinois will have an $11.5 billion budget hole next year even after $2 billion in cuts.

[Associated Press]

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