Illinois State Budget
A day after saying House Speaker Michael Madigan was the only obstacle to reaching a state budget deal, Gov. Bruce Rauner accused the other top Democrat in the General Assembly of refusing to negotiate, even as Senate President John Cullerton was saying the governor and lawmakers need to “hit the reset button” on budget talks.
Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner doubled down Tuesday on his efforts to blame Democratic House Speaker Mike Madigan for the state’s budget impasse, accusing him of stalling any agreement on a spending plan.
Police forced six protesters to leave the lobby of Morningstar in downtown Chicago on Monday morning, after they picketed inside to protest state budget cuts they claim are being forced by big corporations opposed to tax hikes.
Courts on opposite sides of the state have issued opinions about whether state employees should continue to get paychecks while the impasse over a yearlong spending plan continues between Democrats in the Legislature and Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner.
A day after Gov. Bruce Rauner told Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan to either fall in line with his agenda or pass a tax hike on his own, Mayor Rahm Emanuel is warning Rauner that doing so was a bad move.
Facing the possibility of not receiving any paychecks amid the ongoing state budget stalemate, Illinois state workers were getting a glimmer of hope, in the form of loans from employee credit unions.
Attorney General Lisa Madigan has asked a judge to clarify what state government is obligated to pay even though lawmakers and the governor have not approved a budget for the fiscal year that began July 1.
Democrat Lisa Madigan announced Thursday that she has been working with Comptroller Leslie Munger to identify essential services that can be funded without appropriation authority from the General Assembly.
More than 500 people gathered outside the Thompson Center downtown this morning against budget cuts proposed by Governor Rauner. Demonstrators say the cuts squarely hit the most vulnerable people in the state.
House Speaker Michael Madigan (D-Chicago) planned to call for a vote on a $2.3 billion one-month budget to avoid the shutdown, but Gov. Bruce Rauner’s office has indicated he would veto any such measure.
It’s a race against the clock in Springfield, with lawmakers and Gov. Bruce Rauner facing a midnight deadline to reach a deal on the state budget so no state services are interrupted.
State workers might have to go without paychecks if lawmakers and the governor don’t reach an agreement on the budget in the next couple days. If a budget isn’t approved by the start of the next fiscal year on July 1, the state won’t be able to pay bills, including writing checks to employees.
The Chicago Board of Education is borrowing $1 billion. City Hall is contemplating a property tax hike. Cook County may raise the sales tax by one percent — again. But at Chicago’s mass transit agencies there is no panic and it is business as usual.
The governor blamed House Speaker Michael Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton for sending him a spending plan that is nearly $4 billion short on revenue.
The Illinois General Assembly makes what has become its weekly return to Springfield with a state budget still unresolved and only eight days before it’s due.
Illinois State Comptroller Leslie Munger told reporters Wednesday that if lawmakers can’t agree on a budget before the start of the July 1 fiscal year, state workers will start missing paychecks July 15 and state vendors won’t receive payments.
Even though Democrats control the House and Senate, and approved a budget plan that is more than $3 billion in the red, state Sen. Emil Jones III (D-Chicago) wasn’t prepared to say his party shares in the blame for the budget cuts.
Democrats who control the Legislature are advancing a 2016 budget that’s more than $3 billion short of anticipated revenues. Republicans have criticized the spending plan as irresponsible.
Illinois Democrats agreed to give some of Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner’s priority reforms a platform Wednesday but still voted them down in an exercise that could further fuel a politically charged standoff that’s expected to extend the summer.
Proposals addressing workers compensation, changes to the civil legal system and a freeze on property taxes are on the agenda Wednesday in Senate committees.