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New York Times 31 May 2010 One Comment

Now a distinguished fellow at the University of Illinois Institute of Government and Public Affairs, Mr. Edgar, 63, is seemingly a voice of a Republicanism from another era, touting the virtues of bipartisanship and middle-of-the-road solutions.

He has lately ruffled some feathers in his party by breaking with Bill Brady, the Republican nominee for governor, and calling for an income tax increase favored by Governor Patrick J. Quinn, the Democratic incumbent, to help close a budget deficit of $13 billion in the coming year.

Mr. Edgar cringes at Tea Party bombast and “Obama-is-a-socialist” denunciations. He does not listen to Rush Limbaugh. “People listen to this stuff over and over, and they think it’s all true,” he said. “And they get very angry.”

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  • Dan Miller said:

    The only way taxpayers can dig ourselves out of the hole that is Illinois to deprive the General Assembly of its oxygen — tax revenue. Giving into the crisis Illinois faces now by supporting a tax increase will assure that the patient will recover sufficiently to continue spending.

    It’s time to step on the oxygen tube.

    The Civic Federation and the Commercial Club have detailed the spending cuts and redeployment of Illinois resources to save taxpayers.

    Neither plan includes tax increases.

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