Quinn visits Chicago church, talks tax increase

June 8, 2009 4:19:25 AM PDT
Gov. Pat Quinn took his message of a tax increase to a South Side church Sunday, saying people must sacrifice to help others.Quinn spoke to the congregation of Apostolic Church of God on South Dorchester and told them that the budget must reflect the values of the people and that no one should be left behind.

The governor said the state must raise taxes to maintain human services and to deal with the deficit. He sounded prepared to stand by that goal, even if it means sacrificing his political future.

"Gotta repair the damage, and that's my mission. If that's the end of it as far as politics go, so be it. I'd rather do the right thing than just meander along and let our state continue to suffer," said Quinn.

The governor will meet with legislative leaders Tuesday. He says if the state doesn't have a budget within a week or so, he will have to lay out the consequences of not passing a tax increase.


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