No New State Budget As Legislative Session Winds Down

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WBBM) — In Springfield, the clock is ticking towards the end of the spring legislative session.

As WBBM Newsradio 780’s Regine Schlesinger reports, some things are getting done, but, the big one – a new state budget – so far, is not.

LISTEN: Newsradio 780’s Regine Schlesinger reports

There is still no agreement on how to close the gap between the falling revenues in Illinois and surging costs.

Gov. Pat Quinn wants to spend more money on certain key programs, and borrow billions for the state’s backlog of unpaid bills.

The state House and Senate each have passed different versions with about $2 billion difference between the governor’s plan and the House version.

Among issues that have been decided is a bill on Quinn’s desk which would keep Illinois residents from owning a gun if they are under a restraining order or have been convicted of domestic violence.

Lawmakers have shelved a bill that would have allowed ComEd to increase electricity rates automatically without the approval of state regulators.

The Illinois General Assembly faces a May 31 deadline for any bills to pass with just a simple majority.

  • Nancy

    I find it amazing that the IDIOTS in Springfield can’t balance a budget but they are real quick to give themselves payraises that they have not earned. I find it amazing that Mr. Quinn wants to spend more and make all future taxpayers pay the price and just keep borrowing and borrowing and borrowing. ENOUGH…..I make a motion that you balance the budget just like the taxpayers have to do and STOP taking just because you feel you can.

  • What!?!

    Why am I not surprised? These clowns can pass an income tax increase and a corporate tax increase in one late night lame duck session, but for the life of them, they can’t pass a balanced budget after weeks of meetings. I’m really beginning to think that they have no intention of balancing the budget and reducing spending. If they were serious, and I mean truly serious about doing this, they would have done it already.


    Balance the budget or your fired. We the People will have you removed for not doing your job. Yes, that goes for you too Madigan.
    Shame on you for thinking of taking a break without balancing a budget so that the people that voted you into office know if the have a job or not….teachers, police…firefighters…..
    I think that if you do not do your job you should be fired like the rest of us that voted you into office. We are sick of it and of your games, DO YOUR JOB!!!!

  • tom Sharp

    TERM LIMITS OF ONE!!!!!!!!

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