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In March, gun rights supporters and politicians seemed pretty confident that Illinois would have a concealed carry law on the books soon. On Tuesday, Governor Pat Quinn may have shattered that confidence.
Earlier this week, supporters of the concealed carry measure told the Illinois Radio Network they were making progress and close to getting the votes needed to pass the bill, but during a Tuesday press conference, Gov. Quinn said he would veto it if it passed.
"The concept of concealed, loaded hand guns in the possession of private citizens does not enhance public safety, on the contrary it increases danger for everyday people as they go about their lives," Quinn said, according to the Chicago Tribune. "I don't think we're in the business of trying to increase danger to the people of Illinois. We want to work with our law enforcement and prevent bad things from happening. I think the passage of this law by the General Assembly would be most unwise and they should know where they governor stands and where the people stand."
Debate over the bill has been intense for months. In April, a group of Chicago police officers headed to Springfield to oppose the measure, saying that flaws in the gun permit system would be amplified by allowing people to carry concealed firearms.
As the Capitol Fax blog points out, the promise of a gubernatorial veto could be a problem for gun rights groups--who were about three to four votes shy of the necessary 71 votes already.
"I understand what the governor is doing in catering to Chicago," Democratic Rep. Brandon Phelps, who also sponsored the bill, told the Pantagraph. "But, we're moving forward with the bill. ... I don't think there is anything wrong with people protecting themselves."
The latest amendment to the bill would prevent people from carrying weapons on college campuses. It was added at the request of university presidents.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/05/03/pat-quinn-vows-to-veto-il_n_857035.htmlIn March, gun rights supporters and politicians seemed pretty confident that Illinois... more
Recently Complete News Updates The Illinois House narrowly approved a major state income tax increase Tuesday night. The state of Illinois is implementing a big income tax increase.Recently Complete News Updates The Illinois House narrowly approved a major state... more
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Democrats in the Illinois House voted Tuesday to raise income taxes by two-thirds in a desperate and politically risky effort to end the state's crippling budget crisis.
The legislation would temporarily set the personal tax rate at 5 percent, up from 3 percent now — a 66 percent increase. Corporate taxes would climb, too.
The higher taxes would generate about $6.8 billion a year, Gov. Pat Quinn's office said. That would be a major step toward filling a budget hole that could hit $15 billion this year.
"Time to act like grownups. Time to face the consequences of the actual recession that all the states face," House Majority Leader Barbara Flynn Currie told a committee before it voted to advance the tax increase to the full House.
The increase passed the House 60-57, the bare minimum needed for it to move on to the Senate. With a new General Assembly beginning Wednesday at noon, senators were expected to vote on the measure Tuesday night.
Quinn aides say the Chicago Democrat supports the tax increase, although it is higher than what he had proposed during his tough campaign to be elected to his first full term in November.
In sheer percentage terms, the Illinois proposal could be the biggest tax increase on the long list of increases states have passed while grappling with recent economic woes.
Business leaders decried the proposal, calling it a job-killer because raising the personal tax rate triggers a corresponding jump in corporate rates.
"Based on this particular legislation the only businesses that will benefit are the moving companies that will be helping many of my members move out of this particular state," said Gregory Baise, head of the Illinois Manufacturers' Association.
To win support from some fiscally conservative lawmakers, legislative leaders did agree to impose strict caps on state spending growth. If spending exceeds 2 percent a year, the income tax increase would be canceled, officials said.
"We're really trying to handcuff ourselves and the governor in our spending," said Illinois Senate President John Cullerton, a Chicago Democrat.
He said the limited growth allowed by the cap would almost certainly be eaten up by rising pension and Medicaid costs, forcing spending cuts in many other areas of government.
Democratic leaders also scaled back their original proposal, which would have raised taxes by 75 percent.
The new version calls for the tax rate to drop to 4 percent after four years.
Money from the increase will be enough to balance the annual budget and begin chipping away at a backlog of unpaid bills. Illinois regularly falls months behind in writing checks to schools and universities, businesses that build roads or rent offices to the state, and organizations that provide a vast array of social services.
Democrats wanted to accompany the income tax increase with a boost in the cigarette tax but a proposal to more than double the tax to $1.98 per pack failed. Lawmakers could bring the issue back for another vote.
The bill is SB2505.
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/us_illinois_taxesSPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Democrats in the Illinois House voted Tuesday to raise... more
This is one of the best smear ad's I've ever seen. Pretty sure Adam Sandler didn't give his permission for the clip use. Or that the TV show Glee is too happy about the use of their format. But what ya gonna do?
Thoughts?This is one of the best smear ad's I've ever seen. Pretty sure Adam Sandler... more