The vote Wednesday by the House Tax Reform Committee marked the first step toward moving the so-called "Fair Tax" proposal to the 2012 statewide ballot. All the Republicans on the committee voted for the measure and all the Democrats opposed it.
According to an Illinois Supreme court stay issued today (which you can read below), the state can continue collecting higher taxes on liquor, coffee and grooming products. But that may be only temporary.
The tax bumps have been in place since 2009.
Lawmakers intended for them, as well as proceeds from the legalization of video poker, to pay for a $31 billion infrastructure plan.
Ill. Gov. Pat Quinn, pictured here at his inauguration ceremonies earlier this month. Today, an Illinois appellate court has thrown out legislation that was supposed to fund Quinn's $31 billion state construction plan. (UPI/Bill Greenblatt)