Quick hits: Illinois news in brief for Thursday, Sept. 12

Illinois Attorney General wants to hold Sackler responsible in opioid crisis The Center Square

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Illinois Attorney General wants to hold Sackler responsible in opioid crisis

Illinois’ Attorney General is reacting to a tentative deal with a major pharmaceutical company over the opioid epidemic.

Arizona’s attorney general said an agreement is progressing rapidly. The settlement could be $12 billion.

Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul said he would reject any agreement that doesn’t hold the Sackler family accountable regardless of whether the company, Purdue Pharma, declares bankruptcy.

Illinoisans can expect more debate before progressive tax vote

Expect the debate over whether to change the state’s flat income tax to one with higher rates for higher earners to heat up.

Personal PAC has sided with Gov. J.B. Pritzker on abortion rights but has now thrown its support behind the governor’s push for a progressive tax.

Ideas Illinois Chairman Greg Baise opposes the progressive tax and said they’ll raise funds to be competitive with one of the richest elected officials in the country.

Illinois ranks near bottom in how it spends gas tax, vehicle fees 

All of Illinois’ neighboring states spend a higher percentage of their gas taxes and license fees on roads than the Land of Lincoln.

The Tax Foundation ranked Illinois No. 34 for spending 34 percent of its gas and license taxes on roads.

Of neighboring states, Iowa spends the largest percentage at nearly 51 percent.

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The Center Square

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