CHICAGO (CBS) — Democrats in the Illinois General Assembly are taking a “wait and see” attitude about proposals for a budget compromise outlined on Wednesday by Republican lawmakers.
House Republican Leader Jim Durkin said Governor Rauner has assured him he would sign a budget along the lines of the latest GOP plan. And Durkin said he would get some Republicans to vote for an income tax increase — a temporary one. WBBM’s Political Editor Craig Dellimore reports.READ MORE: Pickpockets Travel More Than 1,000 Miles To Steal Phones At Lollapalooza, But Some Victims Got Their Phones Back
“I wish we did not have to pass a tax increase, but the fact is, when you are sitting on $12 billion of unpaid bills, you have budgets that have gone awry,” Durkin said.
He said the budget compromise would also include reforms the governor has demanded, like term limits for legislative leaders.READ MORE: Simone Biles Wins Bronze In Balance Beam
“We are not going to go in and say we are going to have reform-light or anything that is significantly diluted. It will be based on if they counter us on any of these measures.”
Democratic leaders in the House and Senate agree a bipartisan compromise is needed. But, a spokesman for House Speaker Michael Madigan said when they can see actual bills and amendments, then they can judge if the Republicans are serious.MORE NEWS: Moran Park To Host Its First 'National Night Out' Event, Bringing CPD Officers Together With Englewood Community 'To Be The Solution That We Want To See'
A spokesman for Democratic Senate President John Cullerton said Democrats hope this is a serious, real step toward a needed resolution to the budget crisis by House and Senate republicans. But, he said, a Republicans-only, mid-June news conference doesn’t exactly scream bipartisan compromise.