The Illinois Constitution says the state can only have a flat income tax. Most people seem to think that means wealthy people cannot be made to pay higher tax rates. One prominent Springfield policy maker has a different view.
A failed bid to allow for a graduated tax rate would seem to take a progressive tax rate off the table.
And yet this was House Speaker Michael Madigan's recent suggestion for getting to a balanced budget:
"Cuts in spending, new revenue -- especially taxes on the wealthy."