Quinn addresses labor union, talks taxes

March 15, 2009 4:16:30 PM PDT
Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn says the income tax increase he's proposing will help keep people in the state employed.The governor went to a West Side labor hall Sunday to address several hundred members of the Teamsters union. He told them he would level with the people of Illinois and give them the information they need to know.

Quinn says the state owes billions of dollars, and an income tax increase is needed to pay those bills.

"We can cut taxes on millions of families, reform the tax system. It's important because to get the revenue to pay the bills, if we don't pay the 9 or 10 or 11 billion dollars Illinois owes. there will be a lot of employers who will lay off our neighbors," Quinn said.

The governor will lay out the details of his tax increase proposal Wednesday.