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.

The Illinois House 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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