CHICAGO (CBS) — Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon, who is running for Illinois State Comptroller, had some praise for Gov. Pat Quinn’s budget plan on Friday, but she stopped short of endorsing his plan to make a 2011 income tax hike permanent.
Personal income taxes in Illinois were raised from 3 percent to 5 percent in 2011, and were set to begin rolling back next year, but the governor now wants that tax hike made permanent to avoid what he said would be “extreme and radical” cuts to schools and other state-funded programs.
WBBM Newsradio Political Editor Craig Dellimore reports Simon said the best part of Quinn’s budget plan was his emphasis on education spending, especially early childhood education.