Much Work Remains on Key Issues

With just two weeks until the General Assembly is supposed to adjourn on May 31, a number of important issues remain unresolved.

Lawmakers have yet to approve a budget for Fiscal Year 2020, the overhaul of the Illinois income tax system from a flat tax to a graduated tax system, legalized sports betting, and a massive infrastructure program with a source of revenue to pay for it.

It is important to note that millions in revenues for the proposed budget are linked to the passage of these programs, which runs counter to a provision in the Illinois Constitution that requires a proposed spending plan to be based only on revenue sources that are already in place.

Legislative committees have scheduled hearings on the issues in the coming days, but there is no guarantee that action will be taken on the bills.

Jil Tracy

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