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Barbara Flynn Currie
Supporters say tax break would help kids living in poverty

Democratic lawmakers sought Thursday to double a tax break for low-income workers, introducing their plan the same morning a child advocacy group released a report showing 1 in 5 Illinois children live in poverty. Identical measures introduced in the House and the Senate would increase the state's earned income tax credit from 10 percent to 20 percent, at a cost of more than $44 million in each of the next five years. Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner has talked about increasing the same tax credit without mentioning specifics, but his office didn't respond Thursday to a call from The Associated Press seeking comment. The Illinois Kids Count 2015 report, also released Thursday,...