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Illinois Senate spells out proposed services for sales tax

Illinois would charge sales tax on storage lockers, private detectives, lawn care and body piercing under legislation introduced in the Senate on Thursday.

It was the only development in the Capitol a day after Democrats called an acrimonious halt to consideration of a plan engineered to break through a two-year budget deadlock with Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner.

Sponsoring Sen. Toi Hutchinson added a list of "taxable services" to already contentious tax legislation. Democrats propose increasing the income tax to battle a multibillion-dollar deficit wrought of a government limping along on court-ordered spending that has outstripped revenue for nearly two...