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IL Senate votes to require Trump release income tax returns to be on 2020 ballot



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SPRINGFIELD – In a 32 to 19 vote, the Illinois Senate passed a measure Friday that would ban from the Illinois general election ballot any candidate for President or Vice-President of the United States that has not released his or her tax returns for the most recent five years.

The target of the bill is President Donald Trump, bill sponsor Democrat Senator Daniel Biss wrote after the bill's passage Friday.

"My bill requiring Trump to release his tax returns in order to be on the ballot in IL 2020 just passed the Senate," Biss tweeted. 

Biss, who recently announced his campaign for governor of Illinois in 2018, tweeted to supporters his legislative effort was part of the anti-Trump "resistance."

"I’ve said we can do things right now to #resist," Biss wrote. "This is a big one."

SB 982 now moves to the Democrat-controlled Illinois House for consideration.

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  1. Instead of thinking about Trump’s tax returns WHY DON’T THEY WORRY ABOUT THE DEATH SPIRAL OF THIS STATE!!!! And yes, I’m yelling.The more stupid ideas, the more this State Senate wastes time on them.

  2. Somebody has too much free time on their hands down in Springfield. The next thing they will be making into a “major quest” will be what the Illinois State Insect is! Yep—they obviously consider a balanced budget and a state bankruptcy to be “minor” on their list of priorities. How in God’s name they can look at themselves in the mirror when they wake up each morning baffles me and the other legally registered voters in this state. Springfield is “a ship of fools”.

  3. State Senator Daniel Biss has a proven track record of sponsoring legislation that winds up being declared unconstitutional. He’s going down the same path again with this publicity stunt.

  4. Instead of worrying about Donald Trump’s tax returns, why don’t you concentrate on doing your jobs and passing a budget? After all, that is in the Illinois Constitution that you agreed to uphold when you took office.
    (a) The Governor shall prepare and submit to the General
    Assembly, at a time prescribed by law, a State budget for the
    ensuing fiscal year. The budget shall set forth the estimated
    balance of funds available for appropriation at the beginning
    of the fiscal year, the estimated receipts, and a plan for
    expenditures and obligations during the fiscal year of every
    department, authority, public corporation and quasi-public
    corporation of the State, every State college and university,
    and every other public agency created by the State, but not
    of units of local government or school districts. The budget
    shall also set forth the indebtedness and contingent
    liabilities of the State and such other information as may be
    required by law. Proposed expenditures shall not exceed funds
    estimated to be available for the fiscal year as shown in the
    (b) The General Assembly by law shall make
    appropriations for all expenditures of public funds by the
    State. Appropriations for a fiscal year shall not exceed
    funds estimated by the General Assembly to be available
    during that year.

  5. Well, Illinois is in good company in this endeavor, as a total of 26 states have similar legislation in the works. States rights!
    Plus, the U.S. Senate’s HR 540 is attempting the same thing.
    I agree that Illinois Governor candidates should release their tax returns, as well. In fact, I agree with with having all executive branch candidates at every level (right down to cities) release their tax returns.

  6. Perhaps news reporters should release their tax returns as well. It would interest me to see just where THEIR motives lie.
    (Did I just write “LIE” when referring to the news media?)