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Illinois House Speaker Backs Governor-Elect on Legalization


SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Speaker of the Illinois House of Representatives said he supports Gov.-elect J.B. Pritzker’s plans to legalize recreational cannabis and create a graduated income tax.

Democratic Rep. Michael Madigan of Chicago said Nov. 13, 2018, that he’s had several “very friendly and very productive” conversations with Pritzker since the Democrat beat Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner in the Nov. 6 election.

Madigan said he believe Pritzker would pursue the cannabis and tax platforms he campaigned on. Pritzker believes taxes on legalized marijuana could bring in $700 million to $1 billion a year to Illinois, which currently permits medical marijuana consumption. The graduated tax plan, which would tax the wealthier at higher rates, would require a constitutional amendment.

Madigan repeatedly clashed with Rauner over the budget and other matters during the Republican’s one term.

Madigan declined to speculate on Rauner’s legacy. He said, “I’m just happy that he’s leaving.”