The Illinois Legislature has passed a bill to dramatically expand gambling in the state in a bid to help close a $15 billion budget deficit. But the bill still needs a wary governor's signature.
No other state has successfully raised income taxes to balance its 2011 budget. The Illinois tax increase would push the personal income tax rate from 3 percent to 5 percent.
The defense team for Rod Blagojevich is trying to rouse public anger at the prospect of taxpayer money being used in a retrial. But the cost probably wouldn’t be considerable for the state.