The only thing that is certain...
...is death and taxes, right? We may have to rethink that old saw thanks to the Illinois Supreme Court! The Court (in a decision that can be read here) ruled that the Illinois State Income Tax is unconstitutional.
Now I am not a lawyer, so I could be way off here and I may have to send this off to one of the resident MOB lawyers for review, but it seems to me that the gist of the ruling rests (like the original MN CCR bill) on the fact that the statute in question (Public Act 88-669 ) was tied to the wrong kind of bill. The argument was whether the act was (as the state contended) an "Act in relation to governmental regulation" or whether it was (as the court and the defendents contend) passed in violation of the single subject clause of the Illinois Constitution. In other words, it was tied to a bill that it could not be (according to the Illinois Constitution).
Precident has been set. It may not be perfect, it is a start. As my friend (and co-Savage Republican) Amendment X wrote here, high taxes may be the norm, but they don't have to be. We the people need to step up to the plate and demand that our politicians quit picking our pockets and start governing.