PI Original Josh Kalven Wednesday March 11th, 2009, 2:43pm

Lisa Madigan Calls Income Tax Increase "Almost Impossible"

Yesterday I wondered what would be the motivating force behind Lisa Madigan's potential challenge to Pat Quinn in the 2010 Democratic gubernatorial primary, considering that he's barely had a chance to do anything yet.  Today came a hint (buried at the bottom of a Beacon ...

Yesterday I wondered what would be the motivating force behind Lisa Madigan's potential challenge to Pat Quinn in the 2010 Democratic gubernatorial primary, considering that he's barely had a chance to do anything yet.  Today came a hint (buried at the bottom of a Beacon News article):

Madigan also touched on the state budget deficit, which Lt. Gov. Pat Quinn has estimated at approximately $12 billion.

One funding source that legislators have talked about is an income tax increase, which Madigan seemed to oppose.

"I think this economy makes it almost impossible to place an income tax increase on people," she said.

Well there you have it: the first battle line is drawn.  We're going to try to get more detail from Madigan on this position and particularly how she proposes to fill a $12 billion deficit without raising Illinois' exceptionally low income tax.

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