Following a narrow victory in the November 2 general election, Governor Pat Quinn has made his first priority an increase in the Illinois income tax.

Senator Tim Bivins said other issues like pension reforms for public safety workers, a gambling expansion, new borrowing authority for the Chicago Cubs and a possible vote on civil unions may be also considered in the upcoming veto legislative session.

In interviews, Governor Quinn said he views his win as a “mandate” from voters to raise the income tax. He is calling for a 33 percent increase, which he says would generate about $3 billion annually to benefit education and provide property tax relief.

Senator Bivins said the Governor may have a difficult time persuading lawmakers of both parties that any such mandate exists, given that a majority of votes went to candidates who opposed higher taxes. In most legislative districts outside of Cook County, voters chose the candidate who opposed higher taxes by wide margins. 

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