Two top politicians say a deal will be reached next week when it comes to help for businesses and working families. Gov. Pat Quinn and Illinois Senate President John Cullerton (D-Chicago) are hopeful that the House will pass a measure next week that would give tax breaks to Hoffman Estates-based Sears and the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.
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“Maybe we should remind everybody here that this bill already passed the Illinois Senate with the three-fifths vote, and so we’re just waiting for our House members to go to Springfield on Monday,” Cullerton said. The package would also include an expansion and extension of the Earned Income Tax Credit, something Quinn says will help working families. He has pushed for such a move for a while. House members are expected back in Springfield Monday with the Senate strolling in on Tuesday, if needed. Meanwhile, at an event in Chicago near the Indiana border, Cullerton took a playful jab at Quinn in reference to the stalled casino expansion legislation. “I don’t know if we can see any eagles here but we definitely can see the Hammond casino which reminds me that, reminds me that [Quinn] and I and [Mayor Rahm Emanuel] have to work on bringing a casino to Chicago so that these people, these Illinois gamblers spend their money in Illinois and not in Indiana,” Cullerton said. Quinn avoided answering questions on the Casino legislation, which is not likely to come up before the end of the year.