Illinois House OKs Symbolic Measure Opposing Tax Increase

Nov 30, 2016

Credit Paul Coussens

The Illinois house has approved a symbolic measure expressing opposition to passing an income-tax increase during a lame-duck session when fewer votes are required and outgoing legislators don't have to worry about re-election. 

Lame-duck sessions occur for about a week in January when incumbents are still in office and before new lawmakers are sworn in. Only a simple majority is needed to pass legislation then. 

Republican Rep. David McSweeney, the resolution's sponsor, opposes a tax increase and says his measure makes lawmakers accountable to voters. Democratic Rep. Jack Franks, who also backed the resolution, says retired or defeated lawmakers shouldn't "slam through" a tax hike.