Illinois Democrats Approve Bill For Tax Return Transparency Ahead Of 2020 Elections

Nancy Harty
April 12, 2019 - 8:23 pm

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- A bill to require President Trump to release his tax returns — and anyone else running for president in Illinois — is moving ahead in Springfield.

On a mostly party-line vote, the Illinois Senate approved the proposal, House Bill 145, that would require presidential and vice presidential candidates to release their past five years worth of tax returns if they want to be on the ballot. 

Democratic State Senator Tony Munoz, who introduced the bill, insists it is about transparency, not partisanship.

"Voters have a right to know a presidential candidate's conflicts of interests," Muñoz said in a statement on his website. "They have reasonably expected this disclosure for decades, and if candidates won't release the information willingly, then we need a law in place that requires it."

Republicans in his chamber objected, calling the measure unconstitutional and a waste of time. They also asked why it doesn't include candidates running for Congress and state-wide offices such as governor.

J-B Pritzker and his predecessor Bruce Rauner are both multi-millionaire businessmen who released the first two pages of their tax returns. The bill is now in the Illinois House.