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Illinois House overrides Rauner vetoes of income tax increase, budget – Chicago Tribune

The Illinois House on Thursday voted to override Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner‘s vetoes of an income tax increase and state budget, ending a historic budget impasse that lasted more two years.

“Today, Republicans and Democrats stood together to enact a bipartisan balanced budget and end a destructive 736-day impasse,” said Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan, the governor’s political nemesis.

The 71-42 vote followed a two-hour lockdown due to a hazardous materials investigation and a brief debate that featured Republicans debating each other as Democrats remained largely silent.

Republican state Rep. Steve Andersson of Geneva, who voted for the tax hike on Sunday, framed up the debate as a matter of pulling state government back from the brink.

Republican Rep. Sara Wojcicki Jimenez, whose district includes Springfield, said Wednesday that while much focus has been put on the tax portion of the package, the spending side included real cuts and across-the-board reductions that Republicans have long pushed for. She said she plans to vote for the override.

“I will never be able to convince anybody to say to me, ‘Wow, Sara, you’ve really convinced me. I am happy to give the state more money,'” Wojcicki Jimenez said Wednesday. “Happy will never be the emotion. I hope that the emotion becomes, the more you talk about it is understanding of what the math is and what the dynamics of the legislature is.”

mcgarcia@chicagotribune.com

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