Spotlight Politics: Madigan Floats Income Tax Hike


With the failure last month of Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s graduated income tax amendment, Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan floats an income tax hike while making his pitch to the Black Caucus. At least 19 of his fellow Democrats say they won’t support him for another term.

Meanwhile, Lakeview Ald. Tom Tunney is hit with two citations after serving diners indoors at his Ann Sather restaurant. Mayor Lori Lightfoot said she is “deeply disappointed” in the aldermen’s actions and that Tunney “knows that he did wrong” and “will absolutely be held accountable.”

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Pritzker spoke out against Tunney and also against a Republican holiday party with dozens of unmasked people. To the host, state Rep. Brad Halbrook, Pritzker had this to say: 

“Shame on him. Shame on him for having people in a room packed together, not wearing a mask. He knows better. He should know better. If he doesn’t maybe he shouldn't be in the General Assembly.”

In light of the state’s history of corruption, two Republicans have proposed a recall measure. State Sen. Jason Barickman of Bloomington and state Rep. Mark Batinick of Plainfield want to make it easier to recall more elected officials.

Our politics team of Amanda Vinicky, Heather Cherone and Paris Schutz takes on those stories and more in this week’s edition of “Spotlight Politics.”


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