Gov. J.B. Pritzker has finally revealed a few details about his plans to change the Illinois income tax. He's asking the General Assembly and voters to approve a constitutional amendment making the flat tax into one that's graduated, where the wealthy pay higher rates.
Meanwhile, former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock as gotten an unusual deal from federal prosecutors. He was facing federal corruption charges for allegedly defrauding taxpayers and campaign contributors — prosecutors had charged him with misusing campaign funds and inflating mileage reimbursement. But this week he got a deferred prosecution agreement, where if he stays out of trouble for six months, pays back taxes to the IRS and repays his campaign fund, charges will be dropped.
Plus, the death of a child has DCFS under the microscope at a legislative hearing and House Speaker Michael Madigan is back in the news over the way he and his aides have handled allegations of harassment.