Republican candidate for governor Bruce Rauner is wading deeper into the debate over whether Illinois ought to extend a higher income tax rate. But he's still refusing to say how HE would manage the state budget. The Rauner campaign says it's making robo-calls to voters in seven House districts:
"There's still time to help me fight Pat Quinn's tax increase, and to let State Rep. Deb Conroy know you want her to protect you from higher income taxes."
Deb Conroy is a Democrat from Villa Park. Regardless of Rauner's sudden interest, she says she's already inclined to vote against making Illinois' 5 percent tax rate permanent. She says she doesn't think of this as a partisan issue:
"It would be so refreshing if we could just have an honest, open conversation about what's in the best interest of our state. Bring us an idea. I would love to have the Republicans say, 'Here's a plan B that we came up with, let's have a conversation.' But so far we haven't seen that."
And that's not likely to change. The Rauner campaign, as it has for a while, would only say its spending plan is coming in the "not too distant future."
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