In an interview with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch yesterday, House Speaker Michael Madigan (D-Chicago) would not commit to raising
the state's income tax -- even after the November elections. Madigan said he would later evaluate the state’s spending
after Gov. Pat Quinn makes his allocations for the year. Meanwhile, Quinn is still pushing the House to pass a $1-per-pack cigarette
tax increase, citing the need to fill an estimated $400 million in
spending cuts sent to the governor's desk this week.