CHICAGO (CBS) — A top Republican lawmaker said it’s likely the Illinois General Assembly will reach an agreement on a stopgap budget deal soon, but long-term solutions might take a while.
Headlines have been dominated by the sharp rhetoric between Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner, Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan, and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, after the spring legislative session ended without a spending plan for the next fiscal year.
With no state budget in place, public schools won’t be getting state funding unless lawmakers work out a deal, and the Chicago Public Schools have warned schools won’t open in fall without funding from the state.
Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno said she’s hopeful there can be real movement on budget issues within a legislative working group, where Democrats and Republicans have been working calmly and quietly.
“One of the great things to come out of the working group is that members on both sides are a little more open to hear the message, and understand the other side’s point of view. So, again, we’re lifted away from that rhetoric that’s so hot; where people sit at a table and really, genuinely understand the issues. So if we’re going to solve this, it’s critical that rank-and-file legislators understand how this is going on; the nuances of workers’ compensation, what the collective bargaining issues are,” she said.