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Pritzker Signs State Budget, Income Tax Measure

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J.B. Pritzker speaks with union supporters at a 2017 rally in Springfield.

Gov. J.B. Pritzker has signed a nearly $40 billion state budget along with a measure that could lead to enacting a graduated income tax in Illinois.

The Democrat inked the measures Wednesday afternoon at a state government office in downtown Chicago. He says a "new era of fiscal responsibility has arrived in Illinois."

The budget increases spending for education and the state's child welfare agency. It fully funds the state's $9 billion pension contribution and borrows $1.2 billion to pay $6.7 billion in overdue bills. The budget also includes a $1,600 annual pay raise for lawmakers.

The income tax measure adds a constitutional amendment question to 2020 ballots asking voters whether they want rates to increase with income.