Will Illinois Blow Up its Tax System? We Ask State Lawmakers

Clarification on the requirements for a constitutional amendment in Illinois: Amendments to the Illinois constitution initiated by the General Assembly require approval by three-fifths of legislators in each chamber; the question is then put to voters in the next statewide election.

In order pass, it must then receive approval from either three-fifths of those who vote on the particular question or from a majority of all voters casting ballots in that election. This was discussed incorrectly during the interview.

Illinois lawmakers will be faced with a lot of work when they reconvene from spring break in a couple of weeks.

There’s a push from Gov. J.B. Pritzker to pass a graduated income tax, the business of restructuring pension payments, the legalization of recreational marijuana, and any other revenue measures that might dry up Illinois’ rivers of red ink.

What do lawmakers hope to accomplish by the end of May? And how much of that is realistic?

Joining us in discussion are: state Sen. Donald DeWitte, R- West Dundee; state Rep. Grant Wehrli, R-Naperville; state Sen. Kimberly Lightford, D-Westchester; and state Rep. Kathleen Willis, D-Northlake.

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