Article posted: 7/21/2013 5:12 PM

Democrats' tax proposal sets stage for 2014 battle

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DAILY HERALD Rep. David McSweeney, a Barrington Hills Republican opposes a graduated income tax system in Illinois, saying it would take more tax dollars from the highest earners and would further drive companies -- and jobs -- out of the state.

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Illinois lawmakers who approved a temporary income tax increase in 2011 knew it could lead them to a difficult decision: Allow the increase to roll back as scheduled next year and cut state spending by about $7 billion, or cast the politically risky vote to make the tax hike permanent. Now a third option has surfaced: a graduated or "progressive" tax.
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