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State Week: Investigative Panel On Hold

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Brian Mackey
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NPR Illinois | 91.9 UIS

This week, Illinois Republicans expressed outrage at the decision to put an Illinois House committee investigating House Speaker Michael Madigan on hold until after the November elections.  Meanwhile, the public's vote on Governor J.B. Pritzker's proposal to move Illinois to a graduated income tax draws nearer, and this week the governor  released his proposals for criminal justice reform.

A.D. Quig  of Crane's Chicago Business joins the panel.

Note:  A group seeking to derail Governor JB Pritzker’s plan for a graduated income tax in Illinois was told Friday it can’t get an immediate answer to its demands contained in a lawsuit filed earlier this week. That ruling came from a Cook County judge after the recording of this episode.  

The legal challenge mounted by the libertarian-leaning Illinois Policy Institute, claimed voters are receiving misinformation from the state about the ballot measure to change Illinois’ tax system.
The group asked a judge to force the state to send corrective notices about the tax change more in line with what opponents believe about the effort.

The suit also claimed that changing Illinois’ flat income tax to a graduated structure would automatically open the door to tax retirement income — something Pritzker says he does not support.

While groups pushing the graduated tax called the lawsuit claimed victory after the judge’s ruling, the Illinois Policy Institute says they’ll fight for their claims to be held in court.

Hannah covers state government and politics for NPR Illinois and Illinois Public Radio. She's been dedicated to the statehouse beat since interning at NPR Illinois in 2014, with subsequent stops at outlets including WILL-AM/FM, Law360, The Daily Line and a temporary stint at political blog Capitol Fax before returning to the station in 2020.
The former director of the Public Affairs Reporting (PAR) graduate program is Professor Charles N. Wheeler III, a veteran newsman who came to the University of Illinois at Springfield following a 24-year career at the Chicago Sun-Times.
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