Rauner calls special session to approve budget

The Republican governor's announcement, done via a Facebook video and statement, came the same day that the multi-state lottery association overseeing Powerball and Mega Millions games will leave IL by the end of this month if there is no budget.

Lawmakers adjourned last month without a deal before a critical May 31 deadline, triggering the need for a three-fifths majority vote instead of a majority on a budget agreement. He says there are "tough" choices to make before the start of the July 1 fiscal year.

The Democratic Governors Association was quick to respond, blasting Rauner in a news release for waiting to call the special session until after a June 19 fundraising event.

In the meantime, pressure has been mounting to get a deal.

The first-term governor has called for pro-business reforms since he took office in 2015, saying they should happen in conjunction with a budget and an income tax increase.

"It provides a true path to property tax reduction and it reforms the way our state operates to reduce wasteful spending", Rauner said.

Credit ratings agencies have threatened further downgrades to the state's lowest-in-the-nation rating without a state spending plan.

House Speaker Michael Madigan's spokesman Steve Brown said he'd also wait for details before evaluating the proposal as a compromise.

"We hope this is a serious, real step toward that compromise by House and Senate Republicans", Patterson said. He has called for pro-business reforms such as workers compensation changes, along with a budget, saying longer term reforms will help dig IL out of a financial mess.

If the General Assembly enacts what Rauner considers an acceptable budget plan before June 30, he says he will cancel any remaining special-session days.

The budget impasse has ballooned Illinois' pile of unpaid bills to $15 billion as of Wednesday, fueling litigation by unpaid vendors and others.

  • Joanne Flowers