Governor Rauner to Legislature: Business Reforms for Tax Increase

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SPRINGFIELD – Business friendly reforms in exchange for a tax hike: that’s the message Governor Bruce Rauner has for the Illinois Legislature.

Rauner pledged to put aside his disdain for tax increases and approve one only if lawmakers approve his pro-business reforms.

However, Democrats say Rauner’s plans for restricting liability lawsuit awards and workers’ compensation go against their “core beliefs.”

The 2016 budget year began July 1 without an agreement.

Cook County Judge Diane Joan Larsen ruled Tuesday that without a budget, only some state workers covered under a federal law will be paid.

The Rauner administration, the comptroller's office and the state's largest public employee union almost immediately appealed the decision.

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