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GOP's Rauner calls for changes to Illinois taxes

  • The Associated Press
  • Published Thursday, July 17, 2014, at 12:28 p.m.
  • Updated Thursday, July 17, 2014, at 12:33 p.m.

— Republican candidate for governor Bruce Rauner (ROW'-nur) has presented a plan he says will help grow Illinois' economy and create jobs.

The Winnetka businessman spoke Thursday at a family-owned manufacturing company in Schaumburg.

Rauner wants to eliminate the income tax increase Democrats approved in 2011, phasing the rate back to 3 percent from 5 percent. He also says he would freeze property taxes and impose a sales tax on services such as charter flights, travel agencies and sewer service.

Rauner says Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn has been "a failure on job creation."

Quinn spokeswoman Brooke Anderson says Rauner's plan would drive Illinois "into a ditch." She says eliminating the income tax increase would lead to huge cuts to schools and public safety.

Quinn wants to make the tax increase permanent.

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