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Truth Test: Did Sam McCann vote to raise taxes?

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WSIL -- A new ad in the Illinois governor’s race attacks Conservative party candidate Sam McCann, claiming he was planted in the race by Mike Madigan to attract voters from Republican incumbent Bruce Rauner.

“McCann repeatedly sided with Madigan and big unions to oppose Gov. Rauner’s conservative reforms,” the ad says.

The ad from the Economic Freedom Alliance, a pro-Rauner super PAC makes several claims against McCann, but we’re going to focus on one.

“[McCann] Voted with Madigan to raise our taxes $3 billion,” the ad claims.

But did McCann, who has long been against tax hikes actually vote for an increase?


While McCann did vote to end the budget impasse in 2017, supporting a budget that used revenue from a tax increase, he voted against the tax increase itself, which was part of a separate bill.

In fact, he voted against the tax increase twice. Once as part of the original bill, and then again during a vote to override Governor Bruce Rauner’s veto.

Only after those votes did McCann vote to approve the budget.

So did McCann vote with Madigan to pass a $3 billion tax increase?

No. We rate this claim as false.

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