Local lawmakers call 2015 budget incomplete

By Audrey Wise

July 2, 2014 Updated Jul 2, 2014 at 9:25 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- Gov. Pat Quinn signed a $35 billion 2015 budget on Monday, but local lawmakers say it's incomplete.

Quinn's signature means if legislators don't approve more revenue or cut spending in the lame duck session the state will face a roughly $4 billion budget hole.

One of the measures still up for debate among legislators is extending the temporary income tax increase.

"I was fully prepared to vote for the extension of the income tax, that's the only responsible thing I can do," said State Senator Dave Koehler (D, 46th Dist.)

State Sen. Darin Lahood (R, 37th Dist.) said, "It was passed as temporary income tax, this will solve all our problems, bring down our debt, pay off our unpaid bills, put us on the path to fiscal solvency. We passed that. We brought in $28 billion in new money and arguably we're the same or worse off then we were then."

State Representative Dave Leitch (R, 73rd Dist.) said if Gov. Quinn wins re-election, there will be a push for the income tax extension, but there won't be a vote if Bruce Rauner wins in November.

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