Quinn Addresses House Democrats on Tax Vote

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP)–Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn plans to address House Democrats to help convince them to vote for extending the state’s income tax.

Quinn is scheduled to speak to them Monday afternoon in Springfield.

Democrats hold 71 seats in the 118 member House but have yet to get the 60 votes needed to make the 2011 increase permanent. Instead rates would expire as scheduled.

Individual income tax rates are scheduled to drop from 5 percent to 3.75 percent next January, creating a loss of about $1.8 billion in state revenue.

Democratic Rep. Barbara Flynn Currie filed legislation Monday to extend the tax increase.

The House adopted a $37 billion budget last week that begins July 1 but the plan relies on making the tax increase permanent.

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