CHICAGO (AP) — After years of deficits and a destructive state budget impasse, Illinois is facing a massive financial crisis. For most of the candidates seeking to become Illinois’ next governor, the solution is to overhaul the tax system.
Almost all of the Democrats want the state’s wealthiest people to pay more in taxes, while Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner says he’ll try to undo a recent across-the-board income tax hike and his GOP rival says he’s not to be believed.
Conservative state Rep. Jeanne Ives is challenging Rauner in the March 20 primary. Six men are seeking the Democratic nomination: state Sen. Daniel Biss, businessman Chris Kennedy, billionaire J.B. Pritzker, regional schools superintendent Bob Daiber, community activist Tio Hardiman and physician Robert Marshall.