CHICAGO (CBS) — Illinois Senate President John Cullerton says it’s time to honestly face the future…about a tax cut that lies ahead, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.

The temporary income tax increase that raised the state’s rate from three to five percent is set to expire.

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Speaking at a Center for Tax and Budget Accountability Symposium, Senator John Cullerton said anyone running for governor should be open and honest about what happens after that.

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“How are they going to make up for the $5 billion in reduction once the income tax goes down. I mean, I am just asking. That should be the discussion including the Democrats,” said Cullerton. “Governor Edgar proved that you don’t have to lie. You can say that I think we should keep it at a certain rate.”

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No small matter now when the state is facing crushing pension debt and a mountain of unpaid bills.