The Democrat in charge of the first vote that could raise Illinois' top income-tax rate to 9.75 percent said he expects Republicans to join him this week.

State Rep. Christian Mitchell, D-Chicago, needs to get his constitutional amendment to authorize a progressive income tax out of the Illinois House by Friday.

Mitchell did not say which Republicans might vote for the $1.9 billion tax hike. He said the plan would tax the state's “top earners.”

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But Mark Denzler with the Illinois Manufacturers’ Association said a lot of small businesses would be taxed as top earners.

Denzler said anytime the state takes nearly $2 billion “out of the economy,” there's sure to be a negative impact.

If lawmakers approve the constitutional amendment, they'll have to vote on a second plan to raise the top tax rate to 9.75 percent.


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