"...The revenue shortfall in this year's budget has the same root cause, the expiration of a temporary income tax last January. But Democrats this year sent the governor a budget without major cuts or an increase in revenue. "They sent him a $4 billion unbalanced budget, and they're trying to say it's his fault. It's absurd," Durkin says. ... The temporary tax increase Democrats passed four years ago did not help the state economy and did not address Illinois' recurring budget problems, Durkin says, because the new revenue went entirely to cover steeply rising pension payments. "They sold a tax increase under false pretenses..."