SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) Illinois Governor JB Pritzker presented an annual spending plan without the usual pomp of the full state legislature. With inflation soaring, Pritzker offered a budget blueprint Wednesday with plans to suspend or offer rebates for taxes on groceries, gasoline and property as a way to relieve consumers. The Governor’s speech, amid a massive snowstorm, also amounted to an unofficial opening to his campaign for a second term. Illinois GOP members called the speech more “smoke and mirrors” budgeting, saying rebates wouldn’t be needed if state residents weren’t already facing one of the highest tax burdens in the nation. One GOP candidate for Governor, Gary Rabine, called the Governor out of touch, and said his budget plan is a fantasy that will likely never become reality.
Associated Press and Tim Vander Tuuk, WXLC News (2-3-22)