Quinn continues budget campaign

CHICAGO — Gov. Pat Quinn has joined hundreds of demonstrators calling for an income tax increase so the state can avoid massive budget cuts.

Quinn got so caught up in the moment he jumped up and down with supporters during a rally Monday at Chicago’s Humboldt Park.

He was joined by a handful of Democratic lawmakers, who say their colleagues need to pass a two-year, temporary income tax increase when they return to Springfield on Tuesday.

The governor has called a special session to deal with the state’s budget mess. But so far there hasn’t been enough support among lawmakers to pass a tax increase that Quinn says is needed to avoid $9.2 billion in spending cuts.