House Overrides Rauner’s Vetoes to Pass a Budget


An ultimately false alarm of a potential chemical hazard that kept the Illinois statehouse on lockdown delayed it by a couple of hours, but at long last, Illinois now has a budget – its first in more than two years.

Illinois residents will now be sending more of their paychecks to state government to help pay for it.

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The Illinois House on Thursday overrode Gov. Bruce Rauner’s Independence Day vetoes of a $36 billion budget and a revenue package that raises the individual income tax rate from 3.75 percent to 4.95 percent, retroactive to the first of this month.

Though Rauner had expressed a willingness – and recognition of the need – to raise taxes, he has lambasted it, saying that should only come after “reforms” to help the state grow. 

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