* Blogger and former GOP state Rep. Cal Skinner was at a McHenry County Democratic function the other day when Rep. Lou Lang spoke. Lang claimed that 12 House Republicans expressed a willingness to vote for a tax hike to balance the state budget, but that their leader, Tom Cross, killed it for political reasons…
“There was one woman on the Republican side of the aisle that I sat beside in a meeting in the Governor’s office after the [failed tax hike] vote,” Lang elaborated.
“She’s a person who actually cares about human services.
“She was sitting there crying real tears.
“Do you recall you voted ‘No?’” Lang said he asked.
“This is the kind of hypocrisy that goes on in Springfield on a daily basis,” he added.
I’ve never heard the 12 number before. It’s always been 8 HGOPs.
Anyway, Lang bottom-lines the “real” HGOP objection…
“The reason Republicans wouldn’t cross over was because they wanted a greater say in reapportionment and wanted $2-3 billion more cut.”
They were also bone tired of being beaten over the head by Speaker Madigan at every turn.
* Illinois textbook crunch: State funding cut has schools scrambling: The elimination of a state-funded textbook program has left some school administrators scrambling to figure out how to make up the funds without jeopardizing education.
* What if the construction deal collapses?: Of course that would concern me,” said state Sen. Pamela Althoff, a McHenry Republican who supported the construction plan. “The program in and of itself - the capital projects - would remain stable. The problem again would be finding revenue streams. That would be difficult in this climate. It all boils down to: Where do we get the money?”
* Mike Lawrence: Bureaucratic bloat saps state resources
* Expect to pay more for candy, shampoo
* Here is a nice, quick breakdown of the new taxes and fees
* Taxes on hard liquor, candy, hygiene products headed up Tuesday
* Illinois shoppers brace for higher taxes at grocery
* Many Corner Liquor Stores Upset Over Higher Tax
* Bellwood, East Dundee sales-tax rates top Chicago’s 10.25%