SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- A top contender to be Gov. Pat Quinn's running mate says the governor has not made the case that Illinois must raise taxes.
Sen. Susan Garrett said Tuesday that Illinois is not ready for a tax increase. She argues officials have not shown that they've done everything to cut costs and that higher taxes are the only option.
The Democratic governor has spent the last year calling for a tax increase. Quinn says he has cut government costs dramatically and that more cuts would devastate important services.
Democratic officials will pick a nominee for lieutenant governor on Saturday. Quinn has spoken to Garrett about the job and encouraged her to apply.
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