State Capitol - Gov. Pat Quinn won't say how he wants lawmakers to move forward with approving a budget that relies on revenue from the expiring income tax increase.
House lawmakers began approving parts of a state spending plan on Thursday that relies on revenue from the income tax increase, even as it remains unclear when they plan to seek an extension. The increase rolls back in January and leaves a roughly $1.8 billion revenue hole.
Quinn has said he wants to extend the increase to avoid massive budget cuts. But during a Thursday stop at a suburban Chicago business he wouldn't discuss if he agrees with the approach House members are taking or if he would sign a budget without the extension.
Earlier Quinn would only say he wants a "responsible" budget.