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Quinn: Extending income tax hike is 'tough choice'

Published: Thursday, March 27, 2014 5:31 p.m. CDT
(AP Photo/Seth Perlman)
Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn delivers his annual budget address to a joint session of the General Assembly in the House chambers at the state Capitol March 26, 2014, in Springfield Ill.
(AP Photo/Seth Perlman)
Illinois Speaker of the House Michael Madigan, D-Chicago, top, and Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn, bottom, shake hands before Quinn delivers the State Budget Address to a joint session of the General Assembly in the House chambers at the Illinois State Capitol, Wednesday, March 26, 2014 in Springfield Ill.

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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