Illinois Senate President John Cullerton has a question for all of his Illinois colleagues as the pressure to finally put an end to the state’s budget impasse intensifies: “If not this plan, then what?”
With a level of partisan divide resembling the acrimony that has characterized Congress, Democrats in the General Assembly roundly dismissed Gov. Bruce Rauner’s 2017 budget proposal as more of the same tired rhetoric.
The Illinois Senate started taking votes on Tuesday on smaller elements of its so-called “grand bargain” in hopes of finally putting an end to the state’s 20-month odyssey of operating without a budget.
Senate President John Cullerton has put all his colleagues on notice of their call to duty, as his push for a 'grand bargain' solution to Illinois’ nearly two-year budget impasse grows more contentious.
The Illinois Policy Institute is proposing a budget the think tank's leaders contend would put an end to the state’s nearly two-year impasse, closing a $7.1 billion deficit without adding any new taxes.