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Illinois state lawmakers advance bill pushing Trump to release his tax returns

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Lawmakers in Illinois have advanced legislation that would require President Trump to release five years of his tax returns in order to appear on the state’s 2020 presidential ballot.

The Illinois state Senate voted 36-19 on Thursday to pass the bill, which will now move to the state’s Democrat-controlled House, according to Chicago radio station WBEZ.

The outlet reports that Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker (D) has not taken a public stance on the legislation.{mosads}

“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?” state Sen. Tony Munoz (D) reportedly said while legislators debated the bill.

“If you’ve got nothing to hide, you shouldn’t worry about anything,” he added.

Republicans in the state Senate criticized the legislation. 

“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), according to WBEZ.

The Illinois Statehouse is one of 18 nationwide that is considering similar legislation, the radio station reported, citing data from the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Trump refused to release his tax returns during the 2016 election, citing an audit. However, the IRS has said that individuals are free to release information about their own finances.

The president on Wednesday again rejected a request to release his tax returns, setting the stage for a standoff among the White House, Treasury Department and House Democrats.

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