The Illinois legislature is considering a proposal that would divert more than a billion dollars in tax money away from local governments. The money would be used to prop up the pension plan for Illinois teachers. Several Illinois mayors came to the Statehouse Wednesday to criticize the plan. Springfield Mayor Mike Houston says it could force tax increases or dozens of layoffs:
"As the state of Illinois has its problems, it really needs to deal with those problems without shifting it on to other units of local government across the state."
The money at issue comes from business taxes the state collects and then passes on to local taxing bodies such as cities, schools, fire departments and libraries.
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