US CapitolIllinois News Network - May 8, 2017 | original article

By Cole Lauterbach

Illinois state senators progressed a bill that would have removed President Donald Trump from the ballot in Illinois if it were law last year.

The sponsor, State Sen. Daniel Biss, D-Evanston, says his legislation would require any presidential candidate wishing to appear on Illinois' ballot to disclose the previous five years of tax returns to the Illinois Secretary of State's office, who would then make them public.

"I think this gives the voters the ability to evaluate the candidates standing before them for the most powerful office in the history of the world," he said.

Trump declined to disclose his tax information, saying he was under audit.

State Sen. Melinda Bush, D-Grayslake, says people have a right to know this information.

"Seeing someone who's running for president's tax return is something we expect," she said.

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