Illinois had ranked 33rd with its 3.75 percent rate, but with the rate rising to 4.95 percent, Illinois’ rank bumps up to 17th.
James Woodard said it’s clear the state needs a budget, but not with such unreasonably high taxes.
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The crux of the stalemate remains what it will take for Gov. Bruce Rauner and his fellow Republicans to sign on to a tax hike they know is necessary.
Asked whether he believed a budget agreement could be reached by midnight on Friday, Madigan stayed neutral.
House Democrats have advanced a statewide property tax freeze to appease the Republican governor and get a budget before Saturday’s deadline.