CHICAGO —  The pressure on Illinois’ credit eased Friday as Fitch Ratings revised its outlook on the state’s general obligation rating to stable from negative in recognition of moves to raise the income tax by two-thirds and temporarily limit spending increases.

Fitch affirmed its A rating on Illinois’ $25.4 billion of outstanding GOs ahead of next month’s $3.7 billion GO sale to cover fiscal 2011 pension payments. It also affirmed the A-minus rating on state appropriation-backed debt.

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