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Two Years After Rauner's 'Turnaround Agenda,' Democrats Offer 'Comeback Agenda'

Sen. Don Harmon and Democrats
Brian Mackey
NPR Illinois
Sen. Don Harmon, at podium, was joined by other Democratic legislators to discuss the "Comeback Agenda."

It’s been two years since Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner unveiled his Republican “Turnaround Agenda.” On Wednesday, a group of rank-and-file Democratic legislators responded with their own “Comeback Agenda.”

State Sen. Don Harmon, a Democrat from Oak Park, says the agenda grew out of frustration with the fighting and lack of progress in Springfield.

“We wanted to be for something. We wanted to outline a vision of where Illinois could go,” Harmon says.

The agenda includes a higher minimum wage, expanded access to child care, and a graduated income tax — where people with higher incomes pay a higher tax rate.

“A fair tax would allow us to cut taxes on most Illinois families.”

But that would mean changing the Illinois Constitution, which would require at least some Republican votes.

The state Republican Party criticized the proposal before it had even been released, basically saying the Democrats ought to adopt Gov. Rauner’s agenda.

Brian Mackey formerly reported on state government and politics for NPR Illinois and a dozen other public radio stations across the state. Before that, he was A&E editor at The State Journal-Register and Statehouse bureau chief for the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin.
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