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Grand bargain not dead, Republicans push for more modifications

Despite falling flat this week, there’s still talk at the statehouse about the so-called grand bargain, but there’s also still some skepticism.
State Sen. Karen McConnaughay, R-St. Charles, said any income tax increase should have a sunset because taxpayers need assurances any increase won’t be wasted.
“They need to know that we’re not going to squander the hard earned dollars that they send to Springfield,” McConnaughay said.
State Sen. Dave Syverson, R-Rockford, echoed McConnaughay’s comments, but state Sen. Tim Bivins, R-Dixon, said Wednesday the state made a bunch of promises with the 2011 temporary increase.
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