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J.B. Pritzker

Pritzker says tax increases worth it for construction plan

Gov. J.B. Pritzker said Wednesday he is confident that Illinois residents will swallow $1.8 billion in new and increased taxes to pay for a massive state construction program , while a key Republican said some of the taxes aren't acceptable and lawmakers may have to seek revenue from expanded casino gambling to finance the program.

The Democratic governor told reporters that the need for his six-year, $41.5 billion plan to build and repair roads , bridges, schools, parks and more is so apparent that taxpayers understand his proposals to double gas taxes and vehicle registration fees and suggested new taxes on video entertainment services and ride-sharing.

"There are...