CHICAGO - With tax increases on the table to deal with a $9 billion budget deficit and to finance a new capital program, a Chicago-based government watchdog group is calling on Illinois to permanently cut spending, jobs, and future pension benefits before hiking taxes.

The Chicago Civic Federation's research arm, the Institute for Illinois' Fiscal Sustainability, yesterday released the report aimed at providing a road map for Gov. Pat Quinn and lawmakers to craft a budget amid what many believe is the state's worst fiscal crisis. The report comes ahead of Quinn's budget address scheduled for next week.

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