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15 Absurd Facts About the 2015 State Budget That Will Cost You

What is the craziest part of the budget lawmakers passed? We'll let you decide that.

The state budget, currently awaiting the signature of Gov. Pat Quinn, is filled with absurdities. We found 15 of them, in fact.

The bottom line: It’ll cost you and make our already bleak financial situation in Illinois worse. One example: this budget diverts $650 million away from funds set up to pay down unpaid bills. Unpaid bills that eventually need to be paid, by you. Wait until you read No. 8 on our list.

It's another example of Springfield politicians kicking the can farther down the road. Legislative leaders insist lawmakers eventually will have to vote on the income tax in Illinois, but thanks to budget gimmicks, that vote will come after the November election. In other words, late enough so politicians avoid angering voters before their election fate is sealed.

Unreal? Sad, but true. Check out the 15 different ways this budget is absurd.

So what happens now with the income tax vote? Well, key lawmakers claim it will come up for a vote after the November election. Why wait until then to make your voice heard? Take our poll now asking if the temporary income tax hike in Illinois should be made permanent.

This article appears on all Patch Chicago sites. The views expressed in this post are those of Reboot Illinois and do not reflect those of Patch or its editors.

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Max Smart June 03, 2014 at 10:51 AM
God one, Don! Keep hating on your country.
Gary June 03, 2014 at 11:16 AM
Like I keep saying -- Vote Republican because the Republicans MIGHT get it right while we know the Democrats WILL get it wrong. At least the media will beat up on the Republicans, and that's good sport.
David Brown June 03, 2014 at 01:02 PM
Not much difference between our IL politicians and criminals except that they wear a shirt and tie......... Stealing from the future is still theft.
JAY JAY June 04, 2014 at 09:19 AM
The Rabble Rouser in DC was trained in Hell-inoi$, nuff said !! His claim to fame....... The do less demand more, mentality!!!
JAY JAY June 04, 2014 at 09:25 AM
Joseph SnodgrassJune 03, 2014 at 07:36 AM Rich must pay Oh how *&^%$#@brilliant !!!!!!!!!!! Yea and the Middle Class must be destroyed by the Democrooks!!!

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