Tonight the Illinois House, by the bare minimum required, passed a massive 66% tax hike, with individuals getting socked for an additional 2% (from 3% currently) to a total individual income tax of 5%.
Capitol Fax has the vote totals. Several Dems voted no, including Carol Sente (D-Vernon Hills). Karen May voted yes.
NO REPUBLICANS VOTED YES.
Illinois Review recommends a speech by Democrat Jack Franks railing against the tax hike. Find it here.
More on this tomorrow, I'm sure.
UPDATED 1/12/11 7:00 a.m.: Last night the tax increase bill passed the Illinois Senate, 30-29, with the bare minimum needed. Michael Bond, our outgoing lame-duck senator, I assume, was a "yes" vote. You can be sure that his replacement, Suzi Schmidt, would have voted against it. Once again, no Republican votes were put on the bill, so you can bet when the cry of outrage finally starts hitting people in their pocketbooks, the GOP will be pointing the finger squarely at the Dems and Michael Madgian.
Speaking of Bond, his political mentor Terry Link suggested in a goodbye to Bond that the Senate might be 'seeing him again.' After that vote, I would not count on seeing a lot of familiar faces around Springfield come next election, Terry.