Illinois bill proposes Trump showing tax returns to appear on 2020 ballot

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WIFR) -- The Illinois Senate passed a bill to require President Donald Trump to release five years of his tax returns to appear on the state's 2020 ballot.

The Senate voted 36-19 in favor of the bill. The bill would also require other presidential candidates to show their last five years of tax returns in order to run.

Trump has told reporters Wednesday at the White House he would not release his tax returns while he is under audit.

“If you want to run for vice president or president of the United States, hey, what’s wrong with providing your tax returns for the past five years?” said Sen. Tony Munoz (D-Chicago) per a WBEZ report​.

The bill is under criticism from Republicans in the state Senate.

“This is quite frankly, with all due respect to the sponsor, an embarrassing waste of the Senate’s time,” said state Sen. Dale Righter (R), according to WBEZ.

According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, Illinois is one of 18 states nationwide considering legislation on Trump's tax returns, which also includes New York, Colorado and Washington.

The bill now moves to the Illinois House.