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Illinois Democrats Counter Gov. Rauner's Proposals With 'Comeback Agenda'

Brian Mackey / NPR Illinois

A group of rank-and-file Democratic state lawmakers unveiled the “Comeback Agenda.”  It's a response to Republican Governor Bruce Rauner's "Turnaround Agenda," which was proposed two years ago.  

Democratic State Sen. Don Harmon says the measure grew out of frustration with the fighting and lack of progress in Springfield.

“We wanted to be for something. We wanted to outline a vision of where Illinois could go,” he says.

The agenda includes a higher minimum wage, expanded access to child care, and a graduated income tax.

"A fair tax would allow us to cut taxes on most Illinois families,” he said.

But that would require a change to the Illinois Constitution, and therefore, some Republican votes.  

The state GOP criticized the proposal before it was released. They suggested Democrats join Rauner in pushing for term limits and a property tax freeze.  

Brian Mackey formerly reported on state government and politics for NPR Illinois and a dozen other public radio stations across the state. Before that, he was A&E editor at The State Journal-Register and Statehouse bureau chief for the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin.