He is also, in only his second term, the most influential, having been named Floor Leader by GOP Minority Leader Jim Durkin.
Representing Sun City and western Kane County down to Geneva, where he lives, Andersson was the only local Representative to vote for the tax hike.
Here’s his explanation to the Daily Herald:
“To me it was a decision between two bad choices. Vote no and let the state financially collapse and maybe never recover. Vote yes on a tax increase — something I never wanted to do, and something people don’t want to pay.”
Andersson and two other suburban Republicans who vote for the income tax hike said they expected a primary challenge.
Over two weeks ago, Andersson signaled his support for an income tax hike.
The tax hike would not have passed without Republican votes.
Every Republican vote allowed a Democrat in a marginal district the ability to vote, “No.”
Voting against the income tax hike, of course, gives such Democrats a better chance of getting re-elected.