CHICAGO - Illinois has launched a request for proposals process for law firms, financial advisers and underwriters interested in working on a surge of debt issuance planned in the coming two years if lawmakers can break an impasse over how to balance the state's operating budget.

Lawmakers return to work tomorrow for a special session called late last week by Gov. Pat Quinn as he tries to advance efforts to reach a budget agreement with the General Assembly's leaders. Quinn wants lawmakers to approve on Wednesday a two-year, temporary 50% increase in the income tax.

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