Illinois governor calls special session to force budget deal

House Minority Leader Jim Durkin (R-Western Springs) and several Republican lawmakers have unveiled what they said is a package of comprehensive compromises that would end the budget impasse, bring reforms and start funding IL.

Lawmakers would be paid $111 each day during the special session as well as 39 cents per mile to and from Springfield. "And together, we will move our state forward to a better and brighter future". The session will run from Wednesday, June 21st through June 30th. Wherever we can compromise with the governor without hurting middle-class families, Democrats have worked to find common ground so we can get the governor to work with us and pass a balanced budget, but he has refused to do so.

Democrats already have approved bills to change the school funding formula, update rules on worker injury insurance and allow for consolidation of local governments, but Rauner is dissatisfied with them. Republicans say the attempts fall short.

This comes one day after Senate and House Republicans laid out a compromise budget reform plan they said that if passed, the Governor would sign, ending the more than two year budget crisis.

"We must act now to pass a negotiated, comprehensive balanced budget with reforms to change the status quo of how we operate in IL and to boost our struggling economy", House Republican Leader Jim Durkin said in Chicago.

Financial pressures are mounting.

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

"It is a true compromise", Rauner said of the budget plan.

"I and my colleagues, the House Democrats have been willing to compromise throughout this entire session and we've tried to pass bills that were things that the governor wanted or he said he wanted", says Halpin.

Brady said people expect Governor Rauner to lead, and if that means forcing the legislature to do its job, he is in full support of it.

A coalition of social service providers has filed several lawsuits seeking to force the state to pay, saying the state hasn't honored contracts during the impasse.

  • Carolyn Briggs