CHICAGO — Illinois lawmakers will return to work next week for a two-day special session, called by Gov. Rod Blagojevich, to vote on a scaled-down $25 billion capital budget and to consider school funding issues.
The special session begins Tuesday with discussion focused on education funding and proposed reforms. The move is seen as an effort on the governor’s part to appease the Chicago African-American caucus that supports a proposal to raise income taxes to generate more funds for education and to offset property taxes. However, Blagojevich has said he would veto any income tax increase.