No budget deal yet as IL nears end of legislative session

"The number one job we should have been focusing on the entire session was a full year budget", he said.

The state has gone more than two years without a budget in place. "We desperately need it", Rep. Neil Anderson, R-Rock Island, commented, "I have to say, I'm disappointed".

In other words, they're more concerned about politics and their re-election chances than actually helping the vulnerable they claim to represent.

State Rep. Dan Beiser (D-Alton) is calling on Gov. Bruce Rauner to return to the negotiating table to help get a full and balanced budget for the state of IL after reviewing the Senate budget, which is built on unrealistic savings and shoddy accounting.

Governor Rauner reacts to decison in House not to vote on budget.

"Our plan is for the House, Democrats and Republicans, to work through the month of June, [to] continue to work on budget-making, working on a balanced budget", Madigan said.

Democrats, who have large majorities in the Legislature, said Rauner's demands were an attack on the middle class and had nothing to do with the budget. But he noted that Madigan and Rauner haven't been able to agree. They're leaving Springfield. They're going to try to create phony headlines for you to report around the State.

Madigan said Democrats have asked repeatedly in recent weeks to meet with Rauner and negotiate, but have not yet gotten a response. It's not too late for the governor to change course and come back to the table.

He said there is concern about some of the things used by the Senate to come up with a balanced budget.

Rep. Mike Halpin, D-Rock Island, noted that Republicans backed away from a vote on the Senate grand bargain plan, which House members hoped to have a chance to negotiate over.

Those efforts fell apart weeks ago, and Democrats passed a $37.3 billion budget blueprint that never got a vote in the House. A budget and tax hikes can still be passed after that date, but it takes additional votes in the House and Senate, which makes the job much more hard. "Whether it is during the budget impasse or after it is resolved, standing up against job-crushing legislation is crucial for our economy". That's because in the years that followed, the state underpaid schools by prorating the school funding formula anywhere from 8 to 11 percent per year.

"As of today, the state owes school districts $1.1 billion dollars across this state, which is unconscionable", Sanders said.

"It would put us another $2 billion in debt simply by passing this bill", Frese said. But the governor says additional help for Chicago, killed his support. They simply can not survive; a rash of new closings will likely occur; the state's social service infrastructure will continue to erode. SB9 was ardently opposed by Republicans and the Rauner administration.

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