WNIJ news – When Illinois Governor Pat Quinn first proposed increasing the state income tax nearly two years ago, it was to plug a huge hole in the budget. After that failed, Quinn came back last spring with a more modest income tax hike that he called a "surcharge for education." Pegging the money to education was a successful strategy for some past increases. But would that get Illinoisans to support a tax hike this time around? WNIJ's, Guy Stephens, tried to find out:
WNIJ news – This is the third installment of our series on the proposed income-tax hike for Illinois. Governor, Pat Quinn, wants to raise the rate by one-percentage point. WNIJ's, Mike Moen, has more on how this would affect Illinois' ranking among neighboring states:
DeKalb – Former Governor Jim Edgar is responsible for Illinois' current income tax rate. He tells WNIJ's Dan Klefstad why he made permanent the half-percent increases he inherited - increases that were meant to expire. This is Part Two of WNIJ's series on the state's income tax rate.
WNIJ news – The head of Rockford Public Schools delivered a speech Thursday, that called attention to racial issues within the district. There was also a statement about a large fine from the state. WNIJ's Mike Moen reports on what officials in Springfield are saying about that claim:
DeKalb, IL – Amtrak service from Chicago to Rockford to Dubuque, Iowa will stop in Genoa, NOT Belvidere. Today, the Illinois Department of Transportation announced the route Amtrak will take when passenger rail service is restored to the area for the first time in nearly thirty years. State Transportation Secretary Gary Hannig says the route through the northern DeKalb County town of Genoa was chosen over Belvidere because it offers "the best deal for travelers and taxpayers." Daily service could begin in early 2014.