Lottery winners, child-care programs and others may not be getting millions of dollars owed to them from Illinois, but the IRS is.
Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner paid $18 million on his personal state and federal taxes on income of $58.3 million in 2014, his office announced Friday.
Rauner — whose net worth is believed to be at or near $1 billion as the former chairman of a Chicago private equity firm — paid an effective income tax rate of 26.1 percent in 2014, according to the statement. His tax bills included $15.2 million in federal taxes and $2.8 million in state taxes.
Rauner, a Republican, won election last November with a campaign that touted his lack of any governmental experience as a plus, and vowed to run Illinois like a business.
Rauner's government is now in the fourth month of operating with no state budget due to a showdown between him and the Democrat-controlled Legislature. Rauner has demanded pro-business policy changes in the state before he will sign off on a budget, and the Legislature has so far refused.
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The showdown has resulted in state facility closures, unpaid bills, and cutbacks on state child-care program funding.
The state lottery also is issuing IOUs for any winnings over $600. Lottery winners are suing in federal court, alleging the state owes them some $288 million.
Among Rauner's critics over the stalemate is former Gov. Jim Edgar, a popular Republican who served two terms in the 1990s.
“We can’t hold the budget hostage for other issues," Edgar recently said during a lecture at the University of Illinois at Chicago, according to the Illinois Radio Network. "The governor talks about economic turnaround, I think some of his proposals are good. But I think we have to set priorities, and the priority, I believe, is the budget.”