At Issue: Dems Can't Dig Illinois Out Of Debt, Ives Says

Craig Dellimore
November 16, 2018 - 9:00 pm

Jeanne Ives/WBBM Newsradio

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- The Republican state lawmaker who nearly defeated Gov. Bruce Rauner in the Republican Primary this year says she expects the Gov.-elect J.B. Pritzker to pass a tax increase almost immediately after taking office.

Outgoing state Rep. Jeanne Ives said she’d rather Democrat Pritzker tackle the state's pension debt first, but she expects him to work with House Speaker Michael Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton to raise taxes -- not the income tax just yet.

She said legislative leaders know they can’t put a graduated income tax into place for at least two years. But with $7.5 billion in unpaid bills and more than $250 billion in pension debt, the state must raise money.

Pritzker’s plans to legalize marijuana will only bring in $500,000.

Even if legalized gambling is expanded in Illinois, Ives said it still won't be sufficient.

The conservative Republican lawmaker is the guest on “At Issue,” airing 9:30 a.m. Sunday on WBBM Newsradio.