The total tax return could be less next year if the temporary income tax hike put in place in 2011 is allowed to be rolled back by lawmakers. If that happens, that would drop the tax rate from the current 5 percent to 3.75 percent on Jan. 1. Republicans are in favor of that, but the Democratic leaders in the state are not.
Gov. Quinn has tied his 2015 state budget to making the tax hike permanent, but the window for Springfield to vote on the tax hike and subsequently pass a budget is closing.
As the end of the spring session looms, House Speaker Michael Madigan admits he is not close to getting the 60 votes needed for the tax to be passed.