Illinois lawmakers brace for missing key budget deadline

The Illinois General Assembly is once again ending its annual legislative session without passing a budget. He said his colleagues had "concerns" and blamed their failure to vote on a budget on Rauner - and the governor's intervention in grand bargain negotiations.

The House adopted a resolution saying after they adjourn on Wednesday, members would meet in "continuous session".

The Senate last week passed a $37.3 billion fiscal 2018 budget plan that includes income tax hikes, a sales tax on services and spending cuts without Republican votes. Klinger and his fellow marchers say their budget plan would offer young people opportunity and give the elderly a sense of security. Madigan issued statements on Wednesday regarding the State budget, local government consolidation measure, Workers' Compensation reforms. Their funding stalled when a partial budget expired on January 1.

Federal prosecutors in Springfield say 49-year-old Robbie Wilkerson of New Birth Christian Center and his wife 44-year-old Tasha Wilkerson, both of Oak Park, entered the pleas Tuesday. Universities and community colleges will see more layoffs as some struggle to keep their doors open.

As a result, the state's pile of unpaid bills, a barometer of its structural deficit, has topped $14 billion. House Democrats remain ready to work in good-faith with the governor to end this impasse and enact an honest, balanced budget.

Rep. Norine Hammond, R-Macomb, said it will take hard work and compromise to work out a budget deal.

State Rep. Greg Harris, D-Chicago, whom Madigan appointed as a chief budget negotiator, will hold public hearings, with the first scheduled for June 8 in Chicago.

Not only was Madigan able to sidestep the immediate pressure from some of his House Democrats to vote for a tax increase, but going into overtime also pushes GOP lawmakers to join in a solution or split the blame for the continued stalemate.

"The battle is obviously not over just because we sat in the state house", Brown said. Gov. Bruce Rauner, accompanied by Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno and House Republican Leader Jim Durkin at a press conference in his office at the Capitol, accused Democrats in the General Asse.

"Today we've seen a complete dereliction of duty by the (Democratic) majority in the General Assembly, once again, a tragic failure to serve the people of IL, a tragic failure to pass a balanced budget along with critical structural changes to protect taxpayers and grow more jobs", Rauner told reporters in the state capitol.

Governor Rauner posted during a Facebook live event he hopes and believes a budget deal with property tax freezes is close, and he's staying positive despite not having a clear path forward.

Although Senate Democrats passed both a budget bill and a variety of tax hikes earlier in May to pay for it, House Democrats couldn't agree on what to do. And they noted all components of the bipartisan package passed out of the Senate.

And the House didn't vote on the Senate's plan.

When those talks broke down, Senate Democrats made a decision to go it mostly alone, passing the bills they say they negotiated with Rauner and the Republcans. "The Governor will sign it", Eleni Demertzis, a Rauner spokeswoman wrote in an email.

Cullerton pushed two property-tax freezes measures through the Senate on Tuesday. IL is home to the nation's widest spending gap between low- and high-income school districts because it relies on local taxes to fund more than 60 percent of education costs.

The proposal requires insurance companies to get state approval for the rates they charge. And they're beginning to say so in public.

He denounced the Democrats' plan for "sham hearings" to drum up "phony headlines".

  • Julie Sanders