Michael Madigan

Illinois governor hopefuls clash on taxes, 'lies' at debate

Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner on Thursday accused rival J.B. Pritzker of plotting a massive income tax hike on the people of Illinois, a claim the Democrat dismissed as another lie from a governor who's "been lying for three-and-a-half years."

One of Pritzker's top priorities is changing Illinois' flat income tax to a graduated system, in which the highest earners would be taxed at a higher rate than middle-class and low-income households. The billionaire businessman says it's a fairer structure that would require people like himself and Rauner — a wealthy former private equity investor — to pay more, and would reduce the amount middle-class people pay.