Went to the Rainbow Restaurant in Algonquin Saturday morning.
State Senator Karen McConnaughay and Algonquin Village President John Schmitt were holding court, so to speak, at a table by the front window.
Ten to fifteen local residents and officials were in attendance.
McConnaughay was one of a handful of Republican legislators who held a Chicago press conference this week to lay out the conditions to get their votes for a budget.
Part of the deal is supplying votes to pass a temporary income tax hike to 4.95%–not 5%.
The tax would run for four years.
All of the proceeds would have to be used to pay off old debt, which amounts to about $14 billion.
If any is used for other purposes, the tax disappears.
There will be a cap on state spending linked to some past year.
In return for the tax hike votes, there would be enacted a four-year property tax freeze.
Schmitt allowed how that would not matter to his village government because its property taxes have been frozen for a number of years.