Child advocacy group says more taxes could pay for programs

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A child advocacy group wants Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner and lawmakers to explore tax increases so cuts to services for children are avoided next fiscal year. Voices for Illinois Children released a report Tuesday that outlines changes to tax policy they say will prevent reductions to social programs. It suggests the state could restore some of the temporary income tax increase that expired Jan. 1. It also recommends taxes on retirement income or some services. Rauner has left the door open to new revenue sources but the Republican governor also wants lawmakers to approve pro-business priorities. Without that deal, balancing the budget will occur entirely by slashing spending to programs like Medicaid, human services and state employees’ health care. The Legislature has until May 31 to pass a budget.