Illinois GOP leaders warn of special session property tax hike
8 months, 1 week ago
Madigan hints that a pension-reform deal could surface during a possible lame-duck legislative session next January
From suntimes.com: Word travels fast when it comes to utterances from House Speaker Michael Madigan -- even if he's making news in a faraway state.
The Chicago Democrat and chair of the Democratic Party of Illinois hinted at the Democratic National Convention Tuesday that a pension-reform deal could surface during a possible lame-duck legislative session next January, when it will be easier to pass bills. Madigan also for the first time suggested a package might pass with only Democratic votes.
On Wednesday, Madigan's GOP counterparts -- House Minority Leader Tom Cross (R-Oswego) and Senate Minority Leader Christine Radogno (R-Lemont) -- weighed in on the speaker's remarks, warning that the scenario Madigan hinted at could lead to a big property tax hike for downstate and suburban residents.
"We fear that Democrat leaders' recent comments about passing a pension reform bill in January with Democrat-only votes will lead to a massive property tax increase, just like they shoved through the largest income tax increase on Illinois residents two years ago," Cross and Radogno's joint statement said.