IL legislators meet for 2nd day of budget session
- Author: Larry Hoffman Jun 25, 2017,
Jun 25, 2017, 10:30
Instead, Democrats and Republicans used news conferences and floor speeches to say they were ready to compromise and blame the other party for the gridlock that could stretch into a third year if lawmakers don't approve a budget by July 1.
Senate President John Cullerton said he and Speaker Mike Madigan had a meeting planned with the Republican leaders of the House and Senate, where they meant to talk about the budget, but he says Republicans canceled at the last minute.
Republicans want a plan that includes Rauner's changes along with an income tax increase. "We've got to get a balanced budget".
The special session could last the full 10 days Rauner has called for, with legislative leaders saying Wednesday that they intend to show up each day. But, the Chicago democrat says he doesn't think Rauner is serious about getting things done because a leaders meeting scheduled for Friday was nixed by the governor. But they haven't filed the revenue legislation, which Democrats say is critical.
Appearing with the governor at a bill signing ceremony, House Republican Leader Jim Durkin said it was his idea.
Cullerton says he wanted all five state leaders to meet.
The inability to meet could have a disastrous impact on the state's credit, as IL could become the first state to have its credit downgraded to "junk" status, according to S&P Global Rankings.
The special session is also expensive, with a single day costing roughly $48,000.
Rauner told WJBC's Patti Penn the first two days of the session have been a 'waste of time'. The governor said their staffs have been meeting nearly daily.