State Election

Quinn: Extending income tax hike is 'tough choice'

CHICAGO (AP) — Gov. Pat Quinn says he'll sway Illinoisans to support his plan to make the temporary income tax increase permanent with "specific" and "honest" details.

The Chicago Democrat facing re-election says allowing the increase to roll back means drastic budget cuts.

But polls show the idea isn't popular and Republicans say they'll fight it.

Quinn's challenger Bruce Rauner calls it a broken promise because the increase was billed as temporary. A Rauner campaign staffer wearing a fake nose and calling himself "Quinnocchio" picketed outside Quinn's Thursday stop at a school.

Still, unions support the idea. Candidates have run on the issue before and won.

Former Republican Gov. Jim Edgar did it in the 1990s. He says Quinn's proposal is probably the right for government, but is a tough sell politically.

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