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Don Harmon

Illinois revenue bump spurs debate over Pritzker tax hikes

The terms "Illinois budget" and "extra revenue" are rarely heard in the same sentence. But now that they are, "spending agreement" is the elusive terminology.

Lawmakers and Gov. J.B. Pritzker learned this past week that the state's income tax take in April was a stunning $4 billion , 38% more than the year before and some $1.5 billion more than projected.

Now House Republicans are asking why Pritzker and his fellow Democrats who control the House and Senate can't forgo their plans to increase taxes.

First and foremost, GOP House Minority Leader Jim Durkin is targeting Pritzker's plan to change income-tax collection to a graduated...