CHICAGO — In a symbolic test vote, Illinois House members unanimously rejected Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s new $7.6 billion gross receipts tax on businesses — the cornerstone of his proposed $49 billion fiscal 2008 operating budget.

Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan of Chicago scheduled the vote on the nonbinding resolution asking members whether they support the tax, following a hearing a day earlier during which the Democratic governor warned lawmakers that the state faces deep cuts without the new revenue source. The final vote totaled 107 against the tax with seven voting present.

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