Illinois Lawmakers Pass Budget, Some Business Groups Unhappy

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP)  Illinois lawmakers have approved a $46.5 billion budget that includes $1.8 billion in tax relief and a $1 billion deposit into the state’s rainy day fund. The Illinois Senate approved the budget plan late Friday, while the House gave its approval in the pre-dawn hours of Saturday. The budget includes several short term tax cuts that expire shortly after the November elections, and also includes a direct payment to most Illinois residents, and pay increases for lawmakers. The budget also requires gas stations to post signs that point out the temporary tax relief, and failure to do so would cost the station 500-dollars per day. The Illinois Fuel and Retail Association called the provision “completely absurd,” and said any enforcement of those signs would be met with immediate court action.

Associated Press and Tim Vander Tuuk, WXLC News (4-11-22)