State Budget on Agenda for Quinn at Civic Club

CHICAGO - Gov. Pat Quinn is out pushing his budget and reform agenda as the legislative session nears an end.

Quinn is in Chicago on Monday and is the keynote speaker at a downtown civic club gathering.

His speech to the City Club of Chicago comes with just two weeks left before the General Assembly is expected to wrap up its work in Springfield.

Quinn wants lawmakers to pass a budget that includes a 50 percent increase in the state income tax rate to help close a budget deficit of at least $11.6 billion.

He also wants lawmakers to pass ethics reform measures in the wake of the scandals that ousted his predecessor, former Gov. Rod Blagojevich, from office.

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