Heated debates over taxes, abortion belie budget progress

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Heated debates over income taxes and abortion funding in the state Capitol Tuesday belied what legislative leaders said was a collegial negotiation over the full budget which made lawmakers optimistic they could complete their work by Thursday’s deadline. The Democratic-controlled House endorsed a resolution calling for abandoning Illinois’ flat income tax for a graduated tax that hits wealthier taxpayers harder than those of lesser means. It’s endorsed by Democratic candidate for governor J.B. Pritzker, but the vote was 61-52 in a legislative chamber with 67 Democrats.