The Illinois Constitution says the state can only have a flat income tax rate.
An attempt to change that failed this spring.
So, too, have efforts to reach a bipartisan compromise on a new state budget.
House Speaker Michael Madigan says he wants to raise more revenue --- to help balance the budget --- by taxing the rich.
"I have said for the last year and a half I'm prepared to negotiate with the governor to find the money to pay for those services. My first choice in finding money would be taxing the wealthy."