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Illinois Democrats to Trump: Show tax returns or be barred from 2020 ballot

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President Donald Trump listens to South Korean President Moon Jae-in speak during a meeting in the Oval Office of the White House, Thursday, April 11, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

The Illinois Senate passed legislation Thursday aimed at forcing President Trump to release his personal income tax returns or be barred from the state’s 2020 presidential ballot.

The Democrat-led Senate voted 36-19 in favor of the bill.

Democrats have been trying to pressure Trump to release his tax returns even prior to the 2016 election, in hopes of revealing possibly damning information about buisness relationships or income from foreign powers.

State Sen. Tony Munoz (D-Chicago) said, “If you want to run for vice president or president of the United States, hey, what’s wrong with providing your tax returns for the past five years?” according to WBEZ.

“If you’ve got nothing to hide, you shouldn’t worry about anything,” he said. “That’s how I see it.”

The move drew criticism from Illinois Republicans, who said the demand for Trump’s tax returns were selective, and were aimed at other offenders, including billionaire Governor J.B. Pritzker. 

“This is quite frankly, with all due respect to the sponsor, an embarrassing waste of the Senate’s time,” said State Sen. Dale Righter (R-Mattoon). “This is being pushed by a far-leftist organization from the city of Chicago that wants to be able to get up and chirp about the president of the United States. We ought to be better than this.”

The measure now moves to the Illinois House.

According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, similar legislation is being considered in 17 other states.

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