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Mayor urges tax hike

Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl says she’s urging area state lawmakers to vote in favor of a 50 percent increase in the state income tax.


Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl says she’s urging area state lawmakers to vote in favor of a 50 percent increase in the state income tax.

Tisdahl told Evanston Now this afternoon that the increase is essential to be able to roll back state budget cuts that are scheduled to cut sharply into services provided by local social agencies — many of which also receive funds from the city.

The state budget cuts also reportedly have brought a halt to some city capital improvement projects funded with state grant money — including planned redevelopment of lakefront bike paths in the south end of town that were scheduled for construction this year.

City parks employees mentioned that project postponement Wednesday night during a meeting with lakefront residents at the Civic Center.

The Associated Press reports that Governor Pat Quinn wants lawmakers to vote on his plan for a two-year increase of personal income tax rates from 3 percent to 4.5 percent on Wednesday while they’re in Springfield to work on the state budget.

The House rejected the tax hike earlier this month, although the Senate approved a higher, permanent increase.

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