Gov. Pat Quinn won’t say if he wants to keep in place the major income tax hike he signed into law instead of letting it start to expire at the end of next year, suggesting Wednesday that he first needs to gauge the impact of potential reforms to the state’s debt-ridden public worker pension system.
The Democratic governor, who is seeking re-election next year, has been using the pension issue to avoid talking about the volatile topic of taxes for weeks now. During a stop Wednesday in Springfield, Quinn was asked three times about keeping the income tax increase. He opted to discuss pensions instead.
There’s a difference, of course. Harmon would rather talk about anything but pension reform — green fuel, gay marriage, Eisenhower expansion, to name three.