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GOP governor hopefuls disagree on income tax hike

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Ill. Sen. Kirk Dillard, Ill. Sen. Bill Brady, Ill. Treasurer Dan Rutherford, businessman Bruce Rauner and FOX 32's Mike Flannery. Ill. Sen. Kirk Dillard, Ill. Sen. Bill Brady, Ill. Treasurer Dan Rutherford, businessman Bruce Rauner and FOX 32's Mike Flannery.
CHICAGO (Associated Press) -

None of the Republicans running for governor are advocating to extend Illinois' income tax increase. But two have left the door open to the possibility and others are trying to come up with revenue-generating alternatives when the increase expires next year.

Lawmakers approved the hike in 2011, saying it was temporary and would help fill a budget hole.

Illinois again faces budget cuts. The income tax issue nags gubernatorial candidates and lawmakers who'll vote on a budget.

All four Republican candidates say they're opposed to another increase. They are Treasurer Dan Rutherford, state Sens. Kirk Dillard and Bill Brady and businessman Bruce Rauner.

However, Dillard has recently softened his stance to at least discuss alternatives of an extension. Rutherford says unforeseen circumstances make it hard to rule out.

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