Quinn: Extending income tax hike is 'tough choice'


SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- Gov. Pat Quinn knows that trying to make a temporary income tax increase permanent will be a "tough choice" for Illinois lawmakers.


But the issue could be even tougher for voters, who'll decide whether the Chicago Democrat gets another term in November.


Business groups and Republicans blasted Quinn when he revealed his stance during Wednesday's budget address. The move also gives Quinn's Republican challenger, businessman Bruce Rauner, fodder to attack him.


But there are signs it could work in Quinn's favor.


Unions support the idea, and top Democrats say they'll push for it. Quinn says it's a chance to put the state on more solid financial footing.


The tax increase is set to roll back in January, creating a $1.6 billion revenue dip if lawmakers do nothing.

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