Guest View – Illinoisans are still waiting for independence


More than 240 years ago, a group of individuals stood up against a far-off king who taxed them without recourse. Americans honor their efforts each year on Independence Day.

The Illinois General Assembly had a funny way of celebrating this year.

On July 2, the Illinois House of Representatives passed a budget that includes the largest permanent income tax hike in state history and no structural spending reforms. The Senate concurred July 4, sending the budget plan to the governor’s desk. The governor vetoed the tax hikes and spending plan, but both chambers voted to override the vetoes, with the House doing so on Thursday.

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