Critics say it's illegal for the House to go forward spending at higher levels, without first voting to extend the higher tax. But House Speaker Michael Madigan, a Democrat, says there's a reason he's doing it in this order.
"Our purpose in advancing the budget first is to set the bar against which we will work to convince people to vote for the revenue."
Basically, show legislators what all the tax increase would pay for. Democrats say huge cuts would result if Illinois' tax rate is allowed to drop. But getting the votes for a tax hike in an election year is proving difficult.
Madigan says he's building support:
"We try to work with people, persuade people, cajole people."
He wouldn't say how many more legislators he has left to convince.