With a Friday deadline fast approaching, Democrats revealed their version of a budget on Tuesday that House Speaker Michael Madigan (D-Chicago) called a compromise despite leaving out several reforms Republicans had demanded.
Democrats in the General Assembly have accused Gov. Bruce Rauner of trying to push nonbudgetary reforms through in this year’s budget negotiations, but the Illinois Policy Institute’s Michael Lucci contends that Rauner’s cost-cutting measures are a necessary part of any successful budget.
The GOP-proposed compromise budget plan that includes supposedly temporary tax increases, reforms and funding for education and social programs is a major disappointment, a producer of a Chicago-based conservative radio show said on a recent broadcast.
With Illinois facing an unprecedented third straight year without a full budget, Gov. Bruce Rauner called lawmakers back to Springfield on Thursday to hammer out a deal before fiscal year 2018 begins in July.
Illinois isn't just in debt for billions of dollars; it's throwing away the money it does have on pointless businesses that won't change anything, a Chicago attorney argued recently on his firm's website.
Reiterating his call for a property tax freeze, Gov. Bruce Rauner released a new digital ad in which he attacks Democrats for refusing to cut spending or work toward reform, according to the Illinois Republican Party.
“Today we’ve seen a complete dereliction of duty by the majority in the General Assembly,” Gov. Bruce Rauner said on Wednesday night after the 100th session of the General Assembly closed. “Once again, a tragic failure to serve the people of Illinois. A tragic failure to pass a balanced budget along with critical structural changes to protect taxpayers and grow more jobs.”
It'll be up to Gov. Bruce Rauner to decide the fate of House Bill 40 — legislation that allows state employee health benefits to cover the cost of abortions — and Patrick Hughes says if Rauner doesn’t veto, “he loses re-election.”