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 width=House Speaker Michael Madigan said Wednesday that "a good place to begin" in mending a multibillion-dollar spending hole would be to return the state income tax to 5 percent, its level during a temporary hike that expired in January.

State Representative Bill Mitchell says this typical of Madigan and Chicago Democrats.

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Speaking to the City Club for the first time in 15 years, the House Speaker added “that a good place to begin ... would be the level we were at before the income tax expired…..Starting there, you can go in whatever direction you want to go."

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